Woman injured in train crash at unguarded crossing

Photo Credit: Troutville Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Photo Credit: Troutville Volunteer Fire & Rescue(Troutville Volunteer Fire & Rescue)
Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 4:36 PM EDT
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TROUTVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - A woman was seriously injured when a train crashed into a vehicle Friday evening in Troutville, according to Botetourt County Fire & EMS.

Crews responded to the crash around 5:05 p.m. at an unguarded railroad crossing along Boone Drive, which is off Lee Highway.

The train had crashed into the passenger side of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to roll off the tracks, Chief Jason Ferguson said.

The woman was taken to a hospital be treated for serious injuries. She was the only person inside the vehicle.

A close family friend identified the victim as April Greenway Hartsook.

That friend, Jackie Sutliff, has organized a fundraiser for Hartsook and her two children.

According to Sutliff, Hartsook was on her way home from work when the accident happened and is fighting for her life at Roanoke Memorial.

April Greenway Hartsook
April Greenway Hartsook(Jackie Sutliff)

According to Norfolk Southern, the train was traveling below the speed limit for this area and the crew had sounded the horn in advance of the crossing.

No one on the Norfolk Southern crew was injured in the crash.

“We sincerely hope the woman involved in Friday’s incident makes a full recovery, and our hearts go out to her and her family. This is an incredibly unfortunate reminder that railroad crossings can be uniquely dangerous places that always need extra caution to ensure everyone’s safety,” Norfolk Southern said in a statement.

Multiple agencies responded to this crash including Troutville Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Botetourt County Fire & EMS, and Virginia State Police.

Virginia State Police are investigating.

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