Woman gets stuck under crossing gate

Victoria Campbell of Spring City escaped from her Ford Focus before a train struck the car.
Victoria Campbell of Spring City escaped from her Ford Focus before a train struck the car.
Posted: January 24, 2014

SPRING CITY A Spring City woman abandoned her car in front of an oncoming train Tuesday after getting stuck under a lowered crossing gate in Royersford, Montgomery County, police said.

The gate came down on Victoria Campbell's Ford Focus at 12:22 p.m. as she was inching over the Main Street crossing, said Thomas Nerlinger, the Royersford acting police chief. Nerlinger, who happened to be a few vehicles back at the crossing, said the conductor was unable to stop the 50-car freight train before it collided with the car.

"I saw the gate fly up and then a big puff of snow," he said.

Nerlinger said Campbell got out of the car with plenty of time before the train came through the crossing, traveling about 25 m.p.h. He wasn't sure why she decided to leave the car rather than back up once the gate had come down.

"Hindsight is 20-20," he said. "She could have just broken the gate." - Tricia L. Nadolny

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