ROYERSFORD A woman whose car was stuck on the railroad tracks Tuesday was able to escape unharmed before an oncoming train struck her vehicle.
Victoria Campbell, of Spring City, was unable to get her Ford Focus out of the railroad crossing around 12:22 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
According to police and witness accounts, the sedan was caught under the safety gate, which is designed to keep cars and pedestrians off the tracks while trains pass.
Campbell told responding officers that as she approached the crossing, she looked to her left and saw a train but after the gate came down on her car she could not move the car, police said. The snowy road conditions may have been a factor, police said.
The 50-car Norfolk Southern train was eastbound on the tracks when the conductor sounded the horn steadily and applied the emergency brakes, according to police.
Campbell was able to get out but the train was not able to stop before hitting the left front of her stranded car. According to police, the impact of the train pushed the car sideways and into a railroad safety gate pole.
One witness said less than a minute passed before the train hit the sedan.
At the time of impact, the train was moving approximately 25 mph, police said.
No one on the train was hurt and there was minimal damage to the train but the gate and the pole were damaged, according to police.
Police were assisted by officials from Norfolk Southern as well as the Linfield and Liberty Fire Police.