A woman avoided injury late Monday night by fleeing her vehicle before it was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at a railroad crossing in Henrietta.
The identity of the woman has not been released, but it was confirmed on scene that she was not injured. Early reports stated that the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene. She was located at a nearby residence, where she sought assistance.
The accident occurred on South Hancock Street at approximately 11:20 p.m. A BNSF conductor said that he and the engineer were approximately a quarter mile away from the Hancock Street crossing when they spotted the car, a late-model Nissan sedan, and applied the train’s brakes. The train’s lead engine came to rest approximately halfway between the South Hancock crossing and the Hwy. 148 crossing.
The train was traveling west, to Childress.
The car was thrown from the crossing into the ditch. The BNSF employee said that just before impact, they saw a person standing near the crossing.
It appeared that the car high-centered on the tracks due to the steep grade leading up to the crossing.