11 offenses for trucker dead in Maine Amtrak crash

AP News
Posted: Jul 13, 2011 1:59 PM
11 offenses for trucker dead in Maine Amtrak crash

The driver of a tractor-trailer that collided with an Amtrak train in Maine had at least 11 traffic offenses on his record.

Farmington, N.H., resident Peter Barnum was cited twice for unsafe operation of a commercial vehicle in 2002 and 2003.

The New Hampshire Department of Public Safety says Barnum also had six speeding tickets and one seat belt violation in New Hampshire and Massachusetts from 1992 to 2009. Maine officials say he was cited twice for speeding.

Barnum was killed in Monday's fiery collision in North Berwick. Six people on the train were hurt.

New Hampshire public safety spokesman Jim Van Dongen says Barnum had only one accident and no license suspensions.

Barnum's record over the past two years was clean. A spokesman for his employer, Triumvirate Environmental Inc., says that's more important than infractions that happened long ago.