Poplar Pike closed due to train derailment

Poplar Pike closed due to train derailment

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (WMC) - Poplar Pike is now closed between Forest Hill Irene and Poplar Avenue due to a train-involved crash.

The crash occurred in the 9400 block of Poplar Pike around 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

According to Germantown Police Department, the crash involved an EBOX dumpster truck and train.

The truck was on a private drive and crossing the tracks when the collision occurred.

Police say a portion of the train has derailed.

The train included 30 cars, with 14 derailed at the time of impact. The train cars were empty and not carrying any hazardous material.

The driver of the truck was airlifted to Regional One in critical condition.

He has been identified as 40-year-old Marco Brooks of Memphis and has since been pronounced dead.

The roadway will be closed indefinitely, so officers encourage drivers to use an alternate route.

Investigators say they plan to have cranes out here to start the monumental task of getting this all cleaned up.

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