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Update: Alburtis Man Dead at Scene of Train Accident

The train struck a car in the borough and came to rest in Lower Macungie.

An Alburtis man is dead after a Norfolk Southern train hit a car around 9:45 a.m. Monday at the West Penn Avenue and Front Street railroad crossing in Alburtis.

Jason Earnst, 41, was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata when he was hit, said Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer.

Emergency personnel at the scene said it took the train about a half mile to stop just past Smith Lane in Lower Macungie Township which was admirable, they said, considering the morning's misty weather which made for wet tracks.

The mangled vehicle was removed around noon.

The crossing at which Earnst was hit had fully functioning signals, Palmer said, though it never had a gate.

Mary Terp (Ebby) May 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Always wait for the lights to stop before crossing the tracks! I was once at an ungated crossing in Alburtis - where there are multiple tracks. A train roared through, and immediately after another roared through in the other direction. You might think the train is thru and it's ok, but if there are multiple tracks another could be coming. Wait for the lights to stop, then look and listen, then cross!

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