(Ijamsville, Maryland – March 15, 2016)
A Frederick, MD motorist suffered both the loss of his 2009 Jaguar and nearly his life after he was struck by a CSX freight train as he attempted to drive across CSX railroad tracks at the non-gated crossing of Ijamsville Road in Ijamsville, MD at about 4:00 A.M., EDT Tuesday morning.
Nolan D. Clifford was rushed to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD for treatment of undisclosed but supposedly non-life-threatening injuries after the collision at the road/rail intersection that Federal Railroad Administration-housed statistics say is used by a daily average of 13 CSX trains at a maximum allowable speed of 25 mph.
Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue responded to the crash, which was investigated by Frederick County Sheriff’s officers. Police added that there was no evidence or suspicion of any involvement of alcohol in the accident.
It was not known if the existing flashing lights were operating properly, but for certain the CSX/Ijamsville Road intersection, which had experienced a previous, non-injury accident, lacked crossing gates which have been proven to reduce accidents by over two-thirds when they are installed at crossings with only flashing lights.