CSX train hits car at private access road road

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Elizabeth Furniss escaped injuries when her Ford Aspire was struck by a CSX train traveling approximately 25 miles per hour on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Elizabeth Furniss escaped injuries when her Ford Aspire was struck by a CSX train traveling approximately 25 miles per hour on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office was called to Davis Highway, just one-quarter mile west of Range Road, at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to an accident scene where a CSX train had hit the front end of a car’s bumper.

Deputy David Harper said Elizabeth Furniss, 72, of Louisa, was leaving her private drive and the front end of her car was apparently in the area of the railroad tracks and was hit by the train. The train was traveling west along the tracks at approximately 25 miles per hour as per the regulated speed for the area.

When the train hit the Ford Aspire, it tore the front end of the bumper off causing the car to spin about one turn and ended on the western side of tracks. According to Harper, Furniss was barely on the tracks, but all the weight of the train caused the car to spin around with no impact to the cabin area of the vehicle. The train was carrying empty coal cars and was about one mile long.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.

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