Train strikes vehicle with woman in it

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By Jennifer Raymond

Roane County E-911 received a call at 12:17 a.m. Tuesday that a train had just hit a car outside of Rockwood, with a female driver inside.

The Norfolk-Southern train was traveling southbound and struck the vehicle at McNew Road near Manufacturers Road off of Hwy. 27.

The accident was near the Roane County Animal Shelter.

According to spokesman Robin Chapman of Norfolk-Southern, the car was parked on the railroad crossing.

The engineer saw it and repeatedly blew the whistle and horn. The train, which had three engines, was unable to stop and collided with the car.

Chapman said he was unsure how fast the train was going, but the speed limit for that area is 50 miles per hour.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene just seven minutes after receiving the call, according to an E-911 dispatch report.

They determined that the woman had head injuries and was confused, but did not appear to be pinned in the car.

She was flown by Lifestar to the University of Tennessee Medical Center less than an hour after the accident, according to the report.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol was called to the scene and had the area cleared by 2:58 a.m.