Two Cars in Less Than a Week Struck by Trains in Congers

Rockland County residents are expressing concern surrounding the railroad crossing at Congers Lake Road West and South Rockland Avenue in Congers. On Tuesday night of last week an 80-year old woman was attempting to turn at the crossing when her car got stuck in a ditch and was struck on the passenger side by a CSX train carrying municipal waste. She exited the car before it was hit and was not injured in the incident, and the train was not derailed. Then again at 5:25 on Saturday evening a vehicle being driven by a 76-year old Nyack became stuck in the same place and was struck three minutes later by a passing CSX line freight train carrying 116 cars loaded with crude oil. Luckily nothing was spilled in that incident either, and the was uninjured, though residents are now calling for changes to rail safety in the area, many saying that next time may not end the same way. The crossing is poorly lit and people often confuse the tracks for the road, accidentally driving onto them. The state Department of Transportation will be sending rail safety officials to visit the site later today.

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