Woman dies after crashing into train

EATON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) – A deadly crash happened at a train crossing just west of Grand Ledge , when a woman’s car was hit and flipped off of the tracks.

The impact killed 41-year-old Catherine Farlee of Lansing on Cochran Road, just north of M-43.

It shutdown both Cochran and Wheaton Roads for hours.

A 911 call that a train hit a car led to a deadly discovery for Eaton County Sheriff Officials who say they found the train not only hit a car on these tracks, but the impact killed the woman inside.

“Our deputies responded as well as EMS and we have a vehicle up there that was pushed off of the roadway after it was struck by the train,” said Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County.

More than a dozen investigators surveyed the railroad crossing off of a dirt road for answers as the CSX train stood at a standstill for nearly five hours.

The sheriff says he hopes the investigation can shed some light on even the basic questions.

“How it occurred, why it occurred,” said Sheriff Reich.

The intersection of the crash site only has a stop sign this is not an intersection that has a blinking light or a bar that blocks the road when trains are coming now the sheriff’s office says they’re hoping they can use technology to reconstruct this accident scene and figure out what happened.

The Michigan State Police is assisting the sheriff’s office in the investigation by providing images from a drone overhead.

“The drone takes aerial photographs for us to assist us with reconstruction of the crash.”

The sheriff says accident reconstruction will be key in discovering how these tracks turned into a crossroad for tragedy.

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