Car abandoned on railroad crossing struck by train in Plains Township

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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PLAINS TWP. — A vehicle abandoned on a railroad crossing on First Street was struck by a passing Norfolk Southern locomotive early Tuesday morning.

Police Chief James O’Malley said the driver of the vehicle has been located.

O’Malley said the driver was involved in “some type of incident” on Miner Street and drove away. When the vehicle “somehow got stuck” on the tracks, O’Malley said the driver abandoned the vehicle.

The first of two Norfolk Southern locomotives struck the vehicle that was pushed off the tracks.

There was limited damage to the snowplow on the lead locomotive. Two men in the locomotive were not injured.

Crossing gates and lights were activated at the crossing.

The locomotive came to a stop about 50 yards from the railroad crossing.

The train remained stationary as the locomotive remained idling about two hours after the crash.

First Street remains closed.

O’Malley said police are investigating.

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By Ed Lewis

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