Woman Barely Avoids Death on the Same Tracks Twice

North Carolina driver narrowly escapes death ... again
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2016 6:40 PM CDT
Updated May 16, 2016 7:40 PM CDT
Amtrak's train 80, the Carolinian, is seen in this file photo.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – An Amtrak train struck a North Carolina woman's car Sunday, just two weeks after she apparently damaged her car dodging a train at the same crossing. In her latest brush with death, the woman is said to have driven through a crossing arm in the down position just before 11am as bells and warning lights went off, ABC 11 reports. Train 80 was traveling from Charlotte to Boston when it struck the rear-end of her car, but she wasn't killed. She even refused medical treatment at the scene but was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The train was delayed for roughly two hours with no injuries reported on-board.

Two weeks ago, emergency workers say the same woman smashed through the same arm and drove into a tree to avoid an oncoming train. Firefighters say they spotted front-end damage to the car on Sunday from her first accident. She's not entirely alone: Nearly 1,000 people were injured in more than 2,000 vehicle-train collisions in the US last year, per Operation Lifesaver, but no stats are given on drivers who damaged their car at the same crossing twice. (Read more Amtrak stories.)

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