Miriam A. Matesic, of Lorain, was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center before being flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where she was to be admitted early today. Amherst Assistant Fire Chief Greg Knoll said the woman didn’t need to be extricated from the vehicle, and the Ohio Highway Patrol said her injuries were not life-threatening.
The woman was driving north over the tracks in a Ford Edge sport utility vehicle when she was struck by the westbound Norfolk Southern train, authorities said. The Edge, which sustained substantial damage to the passenger side doors, was spun around by the impact of the crash and its airbags deployed.
The Edge was next to the stopped train about 30 minutes after the crash as troopers and Norfolk Southern employees investigated the scene. The locomotive of the 52-car train sustained minor damage.
Dave Pidgeon, a Norfolk Southern spokesman, said the gates and lights at the crossing where the crash occurred were working. The train, whose cars were empty, was traveling from Enola, Pa., to Fairlane. The crash occurred less than a quarter-mile south of Stang Road and about a half-mile south of Middle Ridge Road.
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