A 37-year-old woman is in critical condition at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center after her car was struck by a train at a Springville railway crossing Tuesday morning.
For reasons unknown to police the woman proceeded onto the tracks at 800 North and Main Street just before 9 a.m., despite the blinking crossing lights. Her car was dragged more than 2,000 feet, according to a police report. The impact catapulted the vehicle into a pole knocking over the railroad crossing lights and then into an electrical control box, where the smashed car came to a stop.
Police "had to cut the top off the car in order to get (the woman) out," said Springville Police Lt. Dell Gordon. The woman was airlifted to the hospital with severe head, neck and leg injuries. No one else was injured in the crash.
Accidents at this particular railway crossing are more common because it's "kind of an odd intersection," Gordon said. "The tracks run parallel to the road and as you curve onto main street it's kind of blind. It's not a direct line of sight."
The railroad crossing has no arm to block traffic, but Gordon said he hopes the railroad company will put up a barrier because "we know that when a car and a train tangle the car always gets the worst of it."