Woman injured after car, train collide near house

Tracks have no signals near them





A young woman was injured when a Norfolk Southern train collided with a vehicle about 10 a.m. Monday on a private driveway off Old St. Louis Road behind Illinois Distributing Co.

The injured woman, who was able to climb out of the smashed, two-door vehicle, was taken to Memorial Hospital after the train's engineer called for an ambulance, according to St. Clair County Sheriff's Lt. Kurt Eversman. Her injuries were not life-threatening, he said.

Eversman said he didn't know whether the woman, who was not identified, was the driver or a passenger. He also did not know her age or where she lives.

Eversman said it is believed that two other people were in the vehicle and walked away from the accident. Police have not been able to locate them.

Eversman said he did not know whether the car was in motion or sitting on the tracks when it was hit. The car landed in a ditch between the tracks and a steep embankment alongside a private property drive at 9977 Old St. Louis Road. Both the front and back ends of the car were smashed in.

Evelyn Coleman, who lives at that address, said she didn't know about the accident, and said no one from that address was involved in the mishap.

Coleman said that at about 8:30 a.m. Monday, her daughter had seen three teenagers outside of a car parked near the tracks on her driveway.

That railroad crossing does not have gates, only signs. Coleman, whose house is for sale, said she has wished there would be gates and lights there.

"Sometimes they just come through there so fast," she said.

Two sets of train tracks run behind the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. One veers off to cross Old St. Louis Road and the other continues following the border of the Shrine property and crosses several private driveways.

Contact reporter Laura Girresch at lgirresch@bnd.com or 239-2507.