Turlock woman, 80, killed when car struck by train

08/21/2013 9:37 AM

08/21/2013 11:36 PM

An 80-year-old woman died Wednesday morning when a freight train hit her car near a busy downtown intersection.

Authorities said the woman is from Turlock but they did not release her name. She was driving east on West Olive Avenue when the accident occurred at 8:45 a.m., according to officer Mayra Lewis of the Turlock Police Department.

There were no passengers in the car.

The cause of the accident had not been determined. Members of the Turlock police major accident investigation team were looking into it.

“According to witness statements and the prelminiary investigation, the (crossing) arms were functioning properly and the lights were flashing,” Lewis said. The rail warning continued to sound for more than an hour after the accident.

“Everything appeared to be in good working order,” she said.

The stopped train blocked traffic in downtown for several hours before authorities cleared the scene early Wednesday afternoon. Drivers had to travel north to Fulkerth Road or south to Golf Road to get around the accident.


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