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Driver, passenger escape car stranded on railroad tracks before train strikes

Virginia State Police are investigating a Norfolk Southern train wreck that occurred Friday at 4:35 a.m. on Hodges Street in Crystal Hill.

According to Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders, a car was left abandoned on the railroad tracks and was struck by a train.

“The train did not derail, and no one was injured,” Saunders said.

Virginia State Trooper B. L. Crews, who investigated the wreck, said prior to the accident it had rained significantly, and the female driver inadvertently took a wrong turn onto the railroad tracks believing she was turning on to Howard P. Anderson Highway.

She proceeded down the tracks until her car became stranded, and she realized a train was traveling in her direction.

Crews said the driver and a passenger in the car escaped before the train struck the car in the rear causing it to be a total loss.

The driver was charged with failure to stop at the railroad crossing/improper driving on railroad tracks.

Damage to the train was not estimated as earlier the train had struck a tree that fell across the tracks causing front end damage.

No further information was available at press time Sunday afternoon, but a complete report of the wreck will be published in an upcoming edition when a complete state police accident report is available.