Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 20, 2013

Three escape injury before train strikes vehicle in McDowell County

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

NORTHFORK — A driver and passengers fled their stuck vehicle late Saturday before a train destroyed it.

The incident happened at 11:53 p.m. Saturday when a red Kia Forte became struck on rail road tracks in Northfork, according to Trooper B.D. Gillespie of the West Virginia State Police detachment in Welch.

“The car was occupied by three young females, two who were 17 and one 18. The driver stated she was attempting to cross the railroad crossing there and the vehicle became hung on the tracks,” Gillespie said. “The lights started flashing, indicating a train was coming, and they got scared and ran.”

The car had major damage, and the train engine had minor damage, Gillespie said. The case was still under investigation.