(Selma, California – April 19, 2011)
A 60-year-old woman from El Centro, California and unfamiliar with the greater Fresno area, died early this morning about 5:45 A.M. when her car became stuck on Union Pacific Railroad tracks at the Mountain View Road railroad crossing, and was hit as she struggled to escape an oncoming train. Her injuries were so extensive that positive identification of the body was impossible. It appeared that her car, which contained a walker, a cane and a handicapped driver placard, became stuck when she attempted to turn onto Golden State from Mountain View, and cut her turn too short. When the train appeared shortly thereafter, the train crew said she had exited her car and was walking along the railroad tracks before her car was impacted by the train, demolishing it, and hitting her as she tried to escape. California Highway Patrol officers who investigated the accident said it did not appear to have been intentional.