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Woman slightly injured in Puyallup train collision

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Jan. 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm with 9 Comments »
January 27, 2012 4:33 pm

UPDATE: The BNSF freight train – three engines pulling 93 cars – was westbound when it hit the woman, who was traveling southbound on 12th Street Northwest, McDonald said. The train hit the rear of her car, which was lucky for her, he said.

Still, she was taken to the hospital with some injuries, and she’s looking at a fine for driving past the gates, McDonald said.

The crossing is expected to be closed for another half hour or so, he added.

PREVIOUS POST: A woman suffered minor injuries this afternoon when she drove around a railroad crossing gate in Puyallup and her car was hit by a train.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas described the collision as minor.

The incident occurred about 2:35 p.m. at the crossing on 12th Street Northwest near Stewart Avenue, Puyallup Police Capt. Dave McDonald said.

Crews are still awaiting a tow truck to remove the damaged car, so traffic might be a bummer in that area of Puyallup for some time, McDonald said.


Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. Traffic was a bummer Captain, a real bummer.

  2. Tracianne says:

    Once again headline does not match story. Would like to know what the headline writers and story writers are smoking.

    How about cutting both positions and outsourcing to the 1st grade class of a local elementary. They could do a much better job.

  3. DavidAnderson says:

    Probably Puyallup after all but while they won’t be freight trains coming soon through Lakewood, they will be fright trains – 12 High Speed Trains per day. Accidents will happen. Bummer. More on the initiative ( drive to stop the train at our website.

  4. itwasntmethistime says:

    Yes, accidents will happen, as long as dimwits continue to drive around the crossing gates.

  5. johnnywombat says:

    I’ve actually lived through a stupid car vs. train moment…

    My mom tried to outdo a train down in the Kent Valley once, c. 1978-9 or so. I was in the back seat and we were going across the valley, and were stopped at a red light. As traffic inched forward my mom would do the same and eventually we found ourselves ALMOST ON the tracks (blocked in by traffic in front and back of us) and then all of a sudden the railroad lights started flashing, and the clanging began and the red and white arm came down on the back of her car and dented the trunk on my mom’s brand new Oldsmobile. Thankfully the cops came in time, scolded her soundly and managed to direct our car away from the tracks before the train came, then gave her a ticket. As a teenager I thought it was a lark and VERY funny (which it was) but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize how stupid people can be and the consequences of that stupidity.

    Do Not Ever F with a train, ‘cus the train will win, and you will either be killed and/or you will get a ticket for your stupid efforts.

  6. The real question is whether she will sue the railroad for its inability or unwillingness to avoid the accident.

  7. Regfool2 says:

    pgroup: Really? You have to ask? Because I think that goes without saying – after all someone has to pay for her stupidity, and it wouldn’t be American that SHE foot the bill for that, would it?

  8. PuyallupGal says:

    what a retard! those gates go down for a reason. Train vs a car… the train will ALWAYS win…

  9. PuyallupGal says:

    oh and its stupid people like this that make the Sounder run late….

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