Two injured, child unhurt when car struck by train in Martinsburg

August 07, 2012
  • Martinsburg (W.Va.) Police Department officers investigate a crash involving a CSX train and a car at the Tavern Road/West Moler Avenue crossing in Martinsburg.
Photo by Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two people were injured and a 3-week-old infant escaped injury Monday evening after the car in which they were traveling was struck by a CSX train at the Tavern Road railroad crossing, according to police.

The crash was reported at 5:14 p.m., according to a Berkeley County Central Dispatch supervisor.

A vehicle driven by Katie R. Stone, 22, of 154 Gail Drive, Martinsburg, was traveling east on Tavern Road when it approached the rail crossing, Martinsburg Police Department Lt. G.F. Macher Jr. said in a news release.

The gates at the crossing had been deployed for an oncoming CSX train, according to police.
According to witnesses and videotape from the train, several vehicles, including the one driven by Stone, were crossing the tracks while the gates were down, police said in a news release.

The vehicle driven by Stone was struck in the right front fender area by the train and was pushed off the tracks onto an access road, police said.

The car came to rest off the north side of Tavern Road, facing westbound. Shards of glass, apparently from the car, were left behind on the road.

The train, which also appeared to be westbound, blocked Tavern Road for more than an hour before being cleared to move.

An Amtrak train was allowed to pass the crash site on another track.

All three people in the vehicle were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, according to the release. Katie Stone was treated for minor injuries and released. A three-week-old infant who was restrained in the rear seat was uninjured, police said.

The other passenger, Timothy R. Stone, 28, of 154 Gail Drive, Martinsburg, was being treated for various injuries, police said. Macher said Monday night he believed Stone was ejected from the vehicle. A driver’s-side airbag appeared to have deployed as a result of the crash.

The crew members of the CSX train, identified as R. E. Brothers and J.J. Clark, both of Cumberland, Md., were not injured, police said.

— Matthew Umstead

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