Woman transported after Duff car-vs-train accident

From Local Sources

DUFF — A Pike County woman was transported to be checked after her car ran into a train Wednesday afternoon at the County Road 600W crossing by County Road 400S near Duff.

The accident reported at 1:57 p.m. closed the roadway for about an hour, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies say Shelly Schwenk, 64, Velpen was northbound on County Road 600W in a 2015 BMW X4 passenger car at the time of the crash.

A Norfolk Southern train with 85 cars and three engines was eastbound at what was thought to be 35 to 40 mph. Police say the train was 5,323 feet long, consisting mostly of empty coal hopper cars.

The sheriff’s department said the crossing did have functioning signals at the time of the accident.

Schwenk entered the crossing just after the lead engine passed and her BMW struck the side of the lead engine.

The motorist had no apparent injuries but was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center as a precautionary measure.

The crash totaled the car and caused minor damage to the locomotive, according to the sheriff’s department.

Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services and a Sternberg Automotive Group wrecker assisted.

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