Train Hits Car, Woman Stopped on Tracks

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SANDUSKY — A Rocky River woman was seriously injured early Sunday after her car apparently stopped on the railroad tracks and was hit by a train.

Reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol say it happened just before 5 a.m. on South Danbury Road at the Norfolk and Southern Railroad crossing.

The 33-year-old woman was driving a 2011 Honda Accord south on South Danbury Road. Reports state that as she was going over the crossing, her car stopped on the tracks. She got out of the car and was standing next to it as the train approached from the west.

The woman began waving her arms to alert the train that she was on the tracks, but it was unable to stop. It hit her car, and the force of the collision caused the vehicle to spin counterclockwise hitting the woman, police reports state.

She and her car were pushed off the tracks, and the train was able to stop 2,100 feet east of the crossing.

The victim was taken by medical helicopter to the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo with serious injuries.

Police are still investigating the crash and trying to determine why the woman’s car was stopped on the tracks. Police say alcohol is believed to be a factor, and charges are pending.