(Brookston, Indiana – September 28, 2016)
A 37-year-old White County, IN woman was seriously injured last Wednesday at about 11:15 A.M., when she attempted to cross CSX railroad tracks at the non-gated crossing of Eighth Street in Brookston, IN. Her SUV became impaled upon the nose of the lead locomotive and was carried all the way to Fourth Street, four blocks and nearly a quarter of a mile down the tracks before the train stopped.
The crossing, where two earlier non-injury accidents had occurred and used by a daily average of seven CSX freight trains at maximum speeds of 40 mph, had flashing lights, but did not have any automatic gates. County Sheriff Pat Shafer said the lights were working, but did not mention the fact that tree foliage blocks southbound drivers’ views of westbound trains, and that storage space for vehicles approaching from the south is seriously hampered by the close, parallel proximity of busy Railroad Street, which follows the tracks through town.
The victim was taken to Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, IN, where she was admitted in undisclosed condition.
WLFI-TV Channel 8’s Alexandra Krucek said that “The crash happened right next to Frontier Elementary School,” and that due to the investigation into the near tragedy, “The intersection at Eighth and Railroad Streets was closed for several hours, causing parents to take an alternate route to pick up their children from school.”