Feb 9, 2015
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A woman whose sport utility vehicle was struck by a train and pushed 75 feet down the tracks in Richmond Monday afternoon survived with only minor injuries, authorities said.

The collision occurred about 12:40 p.m. as the woman was driving a Lexus SUV southbound on Harbour Way South at Wright Avenue, police said.

The woman failed to yield to a BNSF Railway train horn as well as lights signaling that a train was coming, Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said. The impact pushed the SUV 75 feet down the tracks before the train came to a stop.

The train had been traveling between 8 and 10 mph at the time of the collision, police said.

Fire crews had to extricate the woman from the SUV’s passenger-side door using the “Jaws of Life” due to the impact from the train, Richmond fire Capt. Rico Rincon said.

However, the woman walked away from the incident with minor injuries, police said.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.