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VCSO: Train Hit Car Abandoned by Teen


A teenager is accused of leaving a car on railroad tracks in western Vanderburgh County, leading to a crash. 


In a release, the sheriff’s office said deputies responded to a car-train crash off Roesner Road, near Hogue Road, Saturday morning.

An investigation revealed that a teen driver had attempted to drive over the tracks, but the vehicle became stuck.

The sheriff’s office said the teenager abandoned the vehicle late Friday night but didn’t tell CSX or the Sheriff’s Office.

The next morning, the conductor of an eastbound train spotted the car’s taillights and performed an emergency stop.

But despite traveling at just 23 miles an hour, the train was unable to stop in time and hit the empty vehicle.

The release did not mention any charges against the teen.

The sheriff’s office said the train was pulling 114 cars and hauling more than 16,000 tons of cargo.