Train Strikes Vehicle in Royersford [UPDATE]

A Spring City woman driving the vehicle was uninjured.

A vehicle was stuck by a train. Submitted by Michael Evak.
A vehicle was stuck by a train. Submitted by Michael Evak.

No injuries were reported after a train struck a vehicle on the Norfolk Southern train tracks on Main Street Tuesday.

At 12:22 p.m., a Ford Focus driven by Victoria Campbell, of Spring City, was struck by an eastbound train hauling 50 cars of stone, according to Royersford Acting Chief of Police Tom Nerlinger.

Campbell told police that as she was approaching the crossing, she saw a train and her vehicle became pinned under the safety gates of the train.

Campbell was unable to pack up or move forward, possibly due to the snow-covered road, police said. Campbell exited her vehicle.

The train crew saw Campbell's vehicle and applied emergency breaks, but was unable to stop and struck the left front of the vehicle.

The impact pushed the car sideway into the railroad gate mount and pinned it underneath.

No one on the train was injured, and there was minimal damage to the locomotive, police say.

Royersford Police were assisted by Norfolk Southern personnel and Norfolk Southern Police Department, as well as Linfield and Liberty (Spring City) Fire Police. 

This is the second time in six months a vehicle was struck on the Norfolk Southern tracks.

Brittany Tressler January 21, 2014 at 07:53 PM
I don't see an e-mail from you. Did you send it to brittany.tressler@patch.com?
Chris Zabaska January 22, 2014 at 06:52 AM
ah no wonder it went to limerick@patch.com
ramos January 22, 2014 at 03:29 PM
I live in the area & can't tell you how many times I see people stop ON the train tracks when traffic gets backed up at the light. Just sayin.
Heathe2260 January 22, 2014 at 04:11 PM
if she saw the train, the gates were likely already down....way to go.
John Q. Public January 22, 2014 at 04:27 PM
NS should bill her for damage to their signal equipment. She was obviously trying to race the closing gate, and lost.


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