UPDATE: Police investigate crashes at South Bend railroad crossing

Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 6:50 AM EDT
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Police are investigating a pair of crashes between vehicles and trains at a railroad crossing that was closed with construction barricades in South Bend.

The first call came just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night at the tracks on Kankakee Trail and Grandview Avenue.

South Bend police say a person called 911 and said his or her vehicle was stuck on the tracks.

Police informed Norfolk Southern Railroad police of the problem, but a train was unable to stop in time, hitting and destroying the vehicle.

No one was inside the vehicle.

Around 3:30 a.m. Thursday at the same railroad crossing, two trains hit an abandoned vehicle. One of the trains saw the vehicle, but neither locomotive was able to brake in time due to traveling at a high rate of speed.

Nobody was hurt in either incident.

"We just want to remind, if you see a road closed sign, it means the road is closed. It doesn't mean, 'I'm just going to go around it and take my chances.' No, it's closed for a reason," emphasized Ken Garcia, spokesman for the South Bend Police Department.

Norfolk Southern Railroad is investigating both crashes.

A vehicle had to be towed from the Grandview crossing shortly before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. It did not get hit by trains.

The railroad alerted South Bend police to the incident, in which an unoccupied car was found rolled over in a ditch by the Meade Street railroad crossing in South Bend.