Woman injured in train vs. car crash in Marshall Co.

Published: May. 14, 2021 at 10:45 AM CDT|Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 3:15 PM CDT
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MADILL, Okla. (KXII) - A woman was flown to a Plano hospital in critical condition after her car was struck by a train at a crossing south of Madill Friday morning.

20-year-old Tonya Roberts of Idabel was thrown fifty feet away from the train during the impact.

“On impact, probably a partial ejection and then she was probably fifty to sixty feet from the crossing when we arrived,” Madill Fire Chief Mike Idleman said. “And she was sitting in the ditch.”

Her car was pushed across the track about 200 yards.

In a release, Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the driver was the only person injured.

Roberts was airlifted to Plano Medical Center with head, leg, arm, chest, and internal injuries. Roberts is still alive as of Friday afternoon. No one else was inside the car, and no one on board the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was injured.

The railroad crossing was not equipped with lights or crossing arms.

Idleman said drivers need to be extra careful at unmarked railroad crossings.

“Always be prepared and think that a train is coming at all points in times at those intersections,” Idleman said. “We see these way too often on these unmarked crossings, that people just don’t pay attention or whatever they’re thinking that they can get across there without a train crossing. One loss of life is too many on these train crossings.”

Idleman said the railroad is still investigating the crash.

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