Train strikes car; woman not hurt

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Lynnville woman's car struck a train and was severely damaged in Lewisburg last week.

Susan Warren, 51, of Buford Station Road, was driving north on Cornersville Road at about 6:40 p.m. Friday at the same time as a CSX train was crossing the road from east to west.

Warren's vehicle, a 2009 white Nissan Murano, struck the last car of the train. The SUV sustained "very severe" damage, according to Lewisburg Police Officer Russell Grubbs' report. The Murano rolled over in the accident and the airbags deployed. Warren, who was alone, was briefly trapped in the car, but escaped unhurt. She refused transportation to hospital.

Grubbs' report indicates that Warren was driving at the posted speed limit of 30 mph. It also notes that she failed "to obey traffic controls," meaning that she ignored the flashing red light that indicates a train is crossing the road. Grubbs observed that Warren "appeared normal" - not under the influence of alcohol or drugs - and no tests were administered. The Nissan was towed by Holders Body Shop Inc. of Fox Lane.