A confused truck driver caused a train wreck in York County on Thursday

The train wreck was, according to Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder, a real trainwreck – literally and figuratively.It began when a truck driver hauling a load of washers and dryers wound up driving into the wrong Goldsboro. He had intended to deliver his load to Gouldsboro, Pa., a town in Monroe County just east of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. But he had entered the wrong town into his GPS, which sent him to Goldsboro, the town along the Susquehanna River in northeastern York County.The driver headed through town on Broadway at about 8:20 Thursday evening, and when he got to the railroad tracks, which run along the river, he had a choice – he could try to turn around, or try to make the sharp turn onto narrow River Street, or drive straight down the boat launch and into the river.The driver tried to make a left onto River Street and got hung up on the tracks, Snyder said. It is not an uncommon occurrence, the chief said. They have had other truck drivers get hung up on the tracks after their GPS sent them to the wrong Goldsboro/Gouldsboro “It’s not the first time it’s happened,” Snyder said.
In this instance, though, just as the driver got out of his truck to see whether he could extricate himself from the situation, a southbound Norfolk Southern freight train bore down on him.”It was the worst timing, ever,” Snyder said.The driver tried to signal the engineer with his flashlight, but it was too late. The train couldn’t stop.It slammed into the truck’s cab and dragged the tractor trailer about 100 yards down the track before coming to a stop, ripping open the trailer and scattering washers and dryers along the tracks.”It was a mess,” Snyder said. “You could say it was a real trainwreck.”

Nobody was injured, Snyder said.

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