Fatal Train Accident Closes Roads

By Jessica Bruno

Published 06/13 2014 01:14PM

Updated 06/13 2014 06:13PM

One woman is dead after a train and car collide off FM 369. The state Department of Public Safety is investigating the collision, which happened around one Friday afternoon.

State troopers say 91-year-old Helen Havins from Holliday was stuck most likely in between the two crossing gates and was unable to get out.

State Trooper Tony Fulton tells us that she sped forward and then reversed several times, but was unable to get out in time. The train was not able to stop.

Trooper Fulton said the Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train operators did what they could to stop before hitting the vehicle, but he says this is not an easy task for these trains. 

"We all know that these trains they're huge, they weigh a lot and they can't just stop on a dime. I mean these guys, they do what they can but you can't just stop a train," Fulton said.

The force of the train was so strong it took the trunk of the car off and it flew over one hundred feet across the street.

One witness, who owns Lucky Liquor across from the tracks, told us what he saw.

"The car was crossing the road but its back side hit the tracks and the back part all the way came over here," said Kamlesh Vora.

Burlington northern officials say the crossing arms, lights and bells were in working order.

A representative of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway also told us the engine of the train, like most in the railway, has video recording equipment, and that will be part of their own investigation and the investigation in conjunction with local authorities.

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