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Driver says GPS led him to drive onto railroad tracks in Lockport

The scene of a Lockport train-vehicle collision Sunday evening.
The scene of a Lockport train-vehicle collision Sunday evening.

LOCKPORT - A man told police he was following his GPS system when he turned onto railroad tracks Sunday night.

No one was injured when a passenger train struck the car about 10 minutes later near the Ninth Street crossing.

Police Lt. Ron Huff said shortly after 7:30 p.m. the driver of the 2013 Ford Focus drove about 25 feet south of the crossing.

"It may have been telling him to turn on Commerce Street, but he went onto the tracks and the vehicle got stuck sideways across the tracks," Huff said.

Timothy Cleary, who lives nearby, saw the Focus' wheels spin in the gravel as the driver tried to move back.

"I was just looking out the window and he was trying to push out. I called 911 and made sure they knew what was going on because those trains come by so fast there," Cleary said.

Huff said Lockport police notified the railroad, but railroad personnel were unable to reach the engineer in time.

Lockport Township Fire Chief Dave Skoryi said the crash occurred about 7:45 p.m.

"The driver was out when the car was hit by a southbound Amtrak train," Skoryi said. "Half of car is at the accident site, the other half stuck on the front of the train, which stopped at 14th Street."

No one on the train was hurt, Skoryi said.

Cleary said it's unusual to see a car on the train track, but "it's understandable" someone would turn in with an alley on one side and parking lot on the other.

Huff said Monday the investigation was turned over to Canadian National Railroad Police.

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