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South Boston man survives collision with train

A 70-year-old South Boston man is lucky to be alive after he apparently became disoriented and drove onto the railroad tracks in Halifax into the path of an oncoming locomotive Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities said charges are pending against Isaac Wood Jr. in the wreck that occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Main Street in Halifax at the railroad tracks in front of Abbott Farm Suppliers Inc.

 According to an accident report filed by Halifax Police Cpl. S. M. Comer, Wood was driving a 1997 Nissan Sentra when he approached the railroad tracks and continued to drive on the other side of the arm as it came down.  

Thinking he was on the correct side of the arm, Wood remained looking forward as he stopped on the tracks and was struck by a Norfolk Southern locomotive, the report stated. 

“He (Wood) looked like he was about to stop, but he just kept going,” said a witness who was driving behind Wood when he approached the railroad tracks.

 After impact, Wood was trapped in the car as firefighters and emergency personnel on the scene worked to extricate him.

He sustained minor injuries and was transported to Halifax Regional Hospital where he was listed in fair condition Thursday, authorities said. 

Comer estimated damage to the car as a total loss, and the train sustained no damage.