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CPD: Driver injured after train hits car at 15th St crossing

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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 said.

According to 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.

Klimczyk’s 2011 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.

Firefighters 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.



Posted 5/2/2018




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