LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A low-speed train collided with a car sitting on the tracks Tuesday morning at a grade crossing in Lordstown.
A driver was inside his Cadillac facing eastbound on Salt Springs Road and the CSX tracks near Muth Road, according to Lordstown Police. A train traveling southbound from a rail junction just after 6 a.m. collided with the car, pushing it about 100 to 150 feet down the tracks.
Officials said lights were flashing at the railroad crossing, but there is no gate at the crossing of Salt Springs Rd. and Muth Rd.
“That railroad crossing does not have gates. It probably should, but it doesn’t,” Lordstown Fire Chief Travis Eastham said. “So if the lights are flashing, you have to stop and make sure it’s clear.”
The crash dented the front driver’s side door. The driver, who police describe as a man in his 80s, was not hurt. No passengers were inside, and no other cars were involved. The train was traveling under 20 miles per hour when it hit the car, according to police.
A CSX worker at the scene several hours after the crash declined to comment.