New Limerick woman escapes injury in train crash

Posted Jan. 27, 2011, at 1:42 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2011, at 12:08 a.m.

NEW LIMERICK, Maine — A New Limerick woman escaped serious injury Tuesday evening when she lost control of her vehicle and skidded into a train.

State police Sgt. Brian Harris said Thursday that the accident happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Campbell Road.

According to Harris, Miriam Carter, 49, was behind the wheel of her 2006 Toyota SUV on the roadway when she approached a railroad crossing.

Carter noticed that a train was traveling through the crossing, according to Harris, and tried to stop the vehicle. But her SUV skidded on the snow- and ice-covered roadway and struck the side of the train.

The train, owned by Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, was operated by 56-year-old Arthur Woodard of Brownville.

Carter was wearing her seat belt, and her air bags deployed at the time of the crash, Harris said. She was not injured.

Woodard also escaped injury, Harris said Thursday.

The train was not damaged in the collision. Carter’s vehicle had approximately $5,000 in damage.

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