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Scene from this morning's crash.

Verbatim: Car-train crash closes crossings in Warsaw

Statement as issued by the Warsaw Police Department:

UPDATE: March 15, 2013 9:58 a.m. Railroad crossings in Warsaw remain closed. The crossings may be closed for an additional 30-45 minutes as Norfolk & Southern supervisors examine the 132 car train before it can be moved.

The driver of the vehicle, a 2004 Lexus SUV, was struck by the train in the drivers door. The driver, Sandra Casanova, 42 years old, of Fort Wayne did not complain of any pain and had no visible injuries, but was transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital to be checked out. Casanova stated that she did not see the activated crossing lights and bell and did not hear the train whistle. Warsaw Police verified that the crossing warnings were working properly.

03/15/13 A few moments ago, a car/train crash has closed all railroad crossings in Warsaw from Fort Wayne Street south. Crossings closed are:

  • Fort Wayne Street
  • Main Street
  • Center Street
  • Market Street
  • Winona Avenue
  • Pope Street
  • Ranch Road
The crash occurred at the Market Street crossing when a westbound vehicle drove into the path of a northbound train pushing the vehicle to Main Street before it dislodged from the train engine. The driver is shaken up but not injured. The Market Street crossing has railroad crossing signals but no gates.

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