February 11, 2016

No injuries in train versus car accident

Danedri Thompson
A 63-year-old Gardner woman is fine, but her car did not survive being struck by a train on Nov. 27.
According to Gardner Police Officer Ilena Spalding, police responded to a car and train accident at the intersection of Moonlight Road and Main Street at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 27.
The car’s driver did not sustain injuries.
Spalding said just prior to the accident, the driver was traveling westbound on U.S. 56 Highway or Main Street. She attempted to turn left onto southbound Moonlight Road, but found herself in the southbound lanes.
“When she realized she was not going the right way, she thought she could cross over to the southbound lanes,” Spalding said. “She got her vehicle stuck and there was a train coming.”
The driver exited the car.
The accident shuttered traffic at the Moonlight Road railroad crossing as police officers and BNSF, the owner of the tracks and train, conducted separate investigations. The railroad re-opened approximately one-and-a-half hours after the accident.

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