A woman was injured when her car struck a train engine in Hopewell Township Wednesday morning.
Trooper Jim Van Camp of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol said Holly M. Smith, 34, of Tiffin, was driving a Dodge Charger eastbound on CR 11 when she failed to yield to a northbound train moving 20 mph.
He said Smith's vehicle struck the front left end of the engine. The impact spun the vehicle, sending it into a soybean field.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Troopers Craig Franklin (left) and Jim Van Camp of the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol walk by a train that was involved in an accident on CR 11 Wednesday.
Smith was taken to Mercy Tiffin Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.
Van Camp said the engineer, John E. Funk, 42, of Tiffin, and the conductor, Tim M. Schumm, 33, of Kansas, Ohio, were not injured. They were operating the eight-car train for Northern Ohio & Western Railway, 525 Wall St.
"All of (the cars) were empty," he said.
He said there was minor damage to the left front of the train.
Van Camp said the train's whistle blew, and Smith's view could have been blocked by a cornfield. A yield sign and crossbucks were posted, and the crossing does not have lights, he said.
Smith was cited with failure to yield at a crossing to a train after the accident, which was reported at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday.
Personnel from Bascom EMS, Bascom Joint Fire District, the county's Echo unit and Seneca County Sheriff's Office responded, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said.