A Portage motorist
was injured Monday after her car was struck by an Amtrak train at the
Norfolk Southern railroad grade-crossing on North 15th Street, Chesterton
police, at 11:06 p.m. Nicole R. Klimczyk, 30, was southbound on North 15th
Street when she drove around the grade-crossing’s lowered stop-arms in an
attempt to beat an eastbound Amtrak train.
Honda Civic, however, was struck on the passenger’s side rear bumper, just
before she had cleared the tracks, Capt. Tony Coslet of the Chesterton Fire
Department told the Chesterton Tribune this morning, spinning the car
a full 360 degrees until it came to rest facing southbound.
back-boarded and collared Klimczyk--who complained of back pain--and
transported her to Porter Regional Hospital, Coslet said.
Klimczyk, a driver
Papa John’s, advised police that she was on her last delivery of the evening
when “she drove around the arms in an attempt to beat the train.”
A witness who saw
Klimczyk’s car struck and ran to help her after the train had passed
observed her in the passenger’s seat with her back against the door, police
said. He then help her from the car because “it was leaking gas from
underneath it,” police said.
The Amtrak train
was traveling at 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash and was unable
to come to a full stop until 10th Street, Coslet noted. None of the 172
passengers aboard the train was injured, police said.