Driver says slick streets to blame for car, train crash

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

A driver refused medical treatment after her car and a train crashed. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department responded to a crash around 11 a.m. Wednesday on State Road 331 just south of Illion Street.

The vehicle was traveling northbound on SR 331. The driver says she approached the railroad crossing and saw that the railroad crossing arms were down and the red lights were flashing indicating a train was coming. The driver says she tried to stop but claims her car slid on the snow covered street.

Her car hit the down railroad crossing arm. It continued sliding northbound and struck the first engine of the train on the right side.

The train engineer says he saw the red truck approach the cross as they passed through. He says he looked back and saw the truck drive through the crossing arm and hit the engine midway down.

He told police he applied the emergency braking system and brought the train to a stop.

The car and driver were pushed into a clockwise spin by the train and came to rest on the south side of the railroad tracks facing north east.

The woman was seen by ems but refused treatment at the scene.

The train was a Norfolk Sourthern Train that was 43 cars long and departed Chicago and was heading to Fort Wayne, IN.


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