On Thursday, February 23, at 4:09 a.m., a passenger car was driven onto the CSX railroad tracks near the intersection of West Main Street and New London Road, Newark. The car’s driver was northbound on New London Road, but the driver who was unfamiliar with the area, turned left onto the train tracks causing the vehicle to become stuck on the tracks.
Two passers-by noticed the car stuck on the tracks and stopped to assist. The two passers-by approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who was still seated in the vehicle, and the passenger, who was attempting to push the vehicle from the tracks. The two passers-by attempted to assist the driver free the vehicle when the train gates activated and they heard the sound of the approaching train. The passers-by told the driver to get out of the car; however she continued to try to free the vehicle. The passers-by then pulled the driver from the vehicle and ushered her to safety. Shortly thereafter, a westbound CSX train entered the crossing and struck the car. The car was pushed several hundred feet before being thrown from the tracks and coming to rest. The train came to a stop shortly thereafter.
No one was injured. The driver of the vehicle was not intoxicated. CSX train traffic was halted and the roadway at the train crossing was closed for approximately two and half hours while the crash was investigated. The investigation is still pending and no charges have been filed at this time.
I looked on line and this seems to happen fairly often. I lived in Newark but can't figure out what the problem could be.