Lewes man escapes injury as car strikes moving train near Georgetown

The driver of this Sonata escaped injury Thursday night after his vehicle struck a moving train at a crossing in Georgetown.


GEORGETOWN – Delaware State Police Thursday night responded to a crash involving a car striking a moving train.

According to state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier, the collision occurred around 8:10 p.m. as 45-year old Lewes man operating a 2003 Hyundai Sonata westbound on Park Avenue (US9-Truck Route) was approaching the railroad tracks east of South Bedford Street.

A northbound Norfolk-Southern train with two engines and 79 cars was already crossing the roadway with the flashing red signals activated, when the Sonata failed to stop in time.  The vehicle struck the wheels of one of the train cars causing the vehicle to spin off the north side of the roadway where it struck and sheered a telephone pole before coming to a stop.

The locomotive and its cars were able to come to a stop without derailment just north of Park Avenue.

The driver of the car was properly restrained and uninjured in the collision, Cpl. Fournier said.

None of the personnel on the train were injured in the collision.

Troopers were continuing their investigation Thursday night and charges are pending against the operator of the vehicle.

As of 10:20 p.m., Park Avenue between South Bedford Road and Cedar was still currently closed as electrical crews reset a pole and the train is inspected.

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