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Martinsburg woman charged with child neglect due in court for preliminary hearing

August 16, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A woman who is accused of risking injury to her 3-week-old child when police say she drove a car past railroad crossing gates and was struck by a train is due to appear in Berkeley County Magistrate Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.

Katie Rose Stone, 21, of 154 Gail Drive in Martinsburg, is charged with one felony count of child neglect creating the risk of injury, according to court documents.

Stone, her husband, Timothy R. Stone, and the infant were taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg after the Nissan Altima in which they were traveling was struck by a CSX train Aug. 6 at the Tavern Road railroad crossing, police have said.

The baby was not injured, and Stone was treated for minor injuries and released, police said. Her husband, who was ejected from the vehicle, also was treated for various injuries, police said.

Police said Stone indicated that she knew the train was coming because the railroad traffic control arms were down and she could hear the train engine’s horn blowing, according to court documents.

The train, which was pulling about 50 cars, was traveling at 37 mph at the time of the crash, according to court documents.

The car Stone was driving was totaled and some parts were scattered more than 200 feet away, according to court documents.

The child, seated by the rear passenger-side door, was in the direct path of the train, according to court documents.

Stone’s husband, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle, police said.

Police said the vehicle was traveling east on Tavern Road when the crash happened.

Witnesses and videotape obtained from the train indicated several vehicles, including the one driven by Stone, were crossing the tracks while the gates were down, police said.

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, police said.

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