Cops: Mom Tried to Beat the Train, With a Baby by Her Side

Woman got infant out of car seconds before train hit their SUV, cops say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 9, 2017 12:03 AM CDT
Cops: Mom Rescued Baby Seconds Before Train Hit SUV
Don't try to beat the train.   (Pixabay)

Pennsylvania State Police say a mother whose sport utility vehicle was left disabled on train tracks by a crash pulled her infant from the vehicle seconds before it was struck by a train. Police say the woman was crossing an Oklahoma Borough intersection on Saturday afternoon but failed to yield the right of way and was hit by another SUV, leaving both vehicles disabled on the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks, the AP reports. Several witnesses pushed the second SUV off the tracks.

State cops in Westmoreland County say the mother freed her infant from the back of the first vehicle "within seconds of the train" hitting it. They say she and the infant sustained moderate injuries, as did the other driver. Multiple traffic violations are to be filed. Trooper John Corna tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that at the time of the accident, warning signs were flashing, meaning the mother should have stopped, but the gates hadn't come down yet and she was trying to beat the train.

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