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Freight train crashes into car on tracks in Woonsocket

A Providence and Worcester Railroad train crashed into a car on the tracks in Woonsocket, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (WJAR)

A woman who drove a car onto a railroad track in Woonsocket was charged with DUI.

The driver, 21-year-old Olivia Colby, told police she lives in Massachusetts and didn't know the area.

Colby told police she tried calling for help when she drove onto the railroad tracks at around 10:15 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Hamlet Avenue and Manville Road.

Several minutes later, she saw the railroad arms come down and knew she had to act quickly. Colby and her friend jumped out of the sedan and escaped uninjured.

The freight train hit the sedan from behind, coming to rest about 300 feet away from the railroad crossing.

Five roads cross over the railroad track, where the crash happened.

"It is confusing because there are so many different exits and entrances and road, but you should be able to see what you’re doing," said Jennifer Gagnon, who works nearby.

Gagnon told NBC 10 News several years ago another driver ended up on the tracks but said the intersection has become safer in the 30 years she’s worked in the area.

"It’s a tough intersection to redo," Gagnon said. "There’s too many roads coming in and out. They probably could look into it to see if it would be safer but drivers need to be very cautious when they approach the tracks."

Colby was released on a summons to appear.

There were no reported injuries to the crew of the Providence and Worcester Railroad freight train.





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