GARY | A 35-year-old woman faces charges after she drove around railroad crossing gates late Thursday night and her vehicle was struck by a train at a crossing on Old Hobart Road in Gary's Miller neighborhood.
The woman, whose identity has not yet been released by police, and her 15-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, were taken by an area emergency room for treatment of injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.
A CSX train was heading east at 10:46 p.m. Thursday when the accident occurred.
The train's operator said he was traveling at track speed, which is 60 mph, at the time of the crash. As the locomotive approached the crossing, he could see multiple cars going around the barriers. The Jeep did not make it across the tracks in time and was hit by the train.
The Jeep spun around and struck a pole.
The operator said it took the train 4,000 feet to stop after the crash.
Police said the driver was issued citations, including disregarding the approach of a train and driving on a suspended license.