(Talladega, Alabama – January 16, 2012)
A 31-year-old mother and her six-year-old daughter miraculously escaped serious injury late Monday morning about 11:46 A.M. when their 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GT was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train consisting of a locomotive and four cars at the dangerous, unguarded crossing of Johnson St./Avenue H in Talladega, AL.
Stephanie Broughton and her daughter, both of Talladega, had their vehicle hit and dragged some distance down the NS tracks before being flung upside down over an embankment and into a deep, trackside ditch, making retrieval of both vehicle and occupants difficult for responders.
The Johnson St. /Avenue H crossing is not protected by lights, bells or gates, instead being equipped only with standard, passive railroad crossbuck signs to “protect” motorists from oncoming trains.
While the six-year-old was able to walk away from the accident, her mother was taken to Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega for treatment of undisclosed injuries.