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Just before 9 Thursday morning...
“The train was going at a low rate of speed,” said Kelley McKethan, Bryan Police Department Public Information Officer.
Authorities and witnesses on scene tell us the driver of a black Toyota Camry disregarded the warning bells and whistles coming from a moving train roaring through downtown Bryan.
“The driver went around the crossing arms and was struck by the train,” said McKethan.
News 3’s Live Eye Tower-Camera catches the train coming to a screeching halt at the intersection of Groesbeck Drive and Main Street. The driver, who was reportedly the sole occupant of the vehicle, barely made it across the tracks. The train clipped the tail end of the passenger side of her sedan.
“It just kind of tapped the vehicle and then pushed that vehicle into another truck that was waiting,” added McKethan.
Bryan Fire and Rescue transported the driver to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“Accidents of this nature can cause multiple issues,” said McKethan. “One issue being traffic being backed up; and two: she was very lucky the train did notice her so it was able to slow down significantly before really injuring her."
The damaged vehicle was towed away and the scene was clear after more than an hour.
“Furthermore, by crossing over them [cross arms] or going under them, you can end up paying up to a $180 fine,” said McKethan.
Authorities say the driver is being cited for disregarding the railroad signal.
A black 4-door sedan was hit by a train Thursday morning at the intersection of Groesbeck Drive and Main Street in Bryan.
The sedan was trying to cross over the tracks and authorities say her black sedan got caught in between the crossing arms.
"The train was traveling at a low rate of speed and it hit the passenger side tail-end of her car, which caused her to hit a truck after crossing over the tracks," said Kelley McKethan, Bryan Police Department. "She is actually being cited for not obeying the signal."
The driver of the sedan was taken to a local hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
The train was blocking traffic from that intersection to the far end of North Main Street. The train began moving again, clearing traffic just after 10:30 Thursday morning.
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