Lehigh Valley

Driver killed in Alburtis train crash identified

Truck was pushed nearly 200 yards up the tracks.

ALBURTIS, Pa. - The Lehigh County Coroner’s office has identified the man that died in a train collision Thursday morning.

Authorities say 28-year-old Marc Tobash, of Lowhill Twp. was driving the truck that was struck by the Norfolk Southern train near Front Street and Alburtis Road in Alburtis shortly before 5:30 a.m. Thursday.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Jonathan Glass said in a statement the westbound train was hauling automobiles to Ohio.

The train crew, which was uninjured, was sounding the train's horn and its lights were flashing as the train approached the crossing, according to Glass.

Officials said it took two hours to clear the crash from the tracks.

Alburtis police chief Robert Palmer says there was a witness to the crash who says Tobash's truck fishtailed at the crossing prior to impact because of icy conditions.

The incident remains under investigation.


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