Georgetown, DE - The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a crash involving a car striking a moving train.
The incident occurred around 8:10 p.m. Thursday February 5, 2015 as 45 year old Lewes man was operating a 2003 Hyundai Sonata westbound on Park Avenue (US9-Truck Route) approaching the railroad tracks east of South Bedford Street. A northbound Norfolk-Southern train with two engines and 79 cars attached was already crossing the roadway with the flashing red signals activated, when the Sonata failed to stop in time. The vehicle struck the wheels of one of the train cars causing the vehicle to spin clockwise and travel off the north side of the roadway where it struck and sheered a telephone pole before coming to a stop. The locomotive and its cars were able to come to a stop without derailment just north of Park Avenue.
The 45 year old male was properly restrained and uninjured in the collision.
None of the personnel on the train were injured in the collision.
Troopers are continuing their investigation into this incident and charges are pending on behalf of the vehicle operator. Park Avenue between South Bedford Road and Cedar is currently closed while electrical crews reset a pole and the train is inspected.