Woman skirts crossing gate; killed by train

n official says a woman drove her SUV around an active crossing gate and collided with an Amtrak train in Mississippi, dying within seconds.

Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler said the collision happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday on Norfolk Southern Railway tracks near downtown Meridian. Cobler said he was withholding the 57-year-old woman’s name until all family members had been notified.

The coroner said the woman drove around functioning gates and flashers and collided with the southbound Amtrak Crescent. He said her SUV was pushed nearly a quarter-mile. No one else was in the vehicle.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said there were no injuries among the 51 passengers and crew. She said the train continued its trip from New York toward New Orleans after an hour’s delay.

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