Warning devices working properly

The preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2017 Ford Focus passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound on Bacons Road, approaching a railroad crossing with the red railroad crossing signals flashing and the audible bell sounding. A train was traveling southbound, approaching Bacons Road, and the engineer was sounding the audible horn as the train approached the intersection.

For unknown reasons, the driver failed to see and or hear the active railroad crossing safety devices. The passenger vehicle crossed the tracks and the front of the train struck the vehicle on its left side. After impact, the vehicle was forced southbound as it rotated clockwise off the west side of the tracks and came to rest in a private yard on the south-west corner of the intersection. The locomotive, which was pulling five empty grain cars and one additional locomotive, stopped upright on the tracks south of the intersection.

The operator of the Ford Focus, 22-year-old Raelyn Huffman of Delmar, who was not properly restrained, was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision.

The engineer and the conductor on the train did not sustain any injuries.

The locomotive involved is a 1970 General Motors Diesel GMD SD40-2, owned by Delmarva Central Railroad. The traffic signal crossing warning devices were checked and found to be functioning properly following the collision. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration were contacted and notified of this collision. In addition, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control was notified and found no fluids or contaminants to be leaking.

The roadway in the area of the crash was closed for approximately four hours while the investigation was completed and the roadway was cleared.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Master Corporal K. Argo of the Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-644-5020.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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Delaware State Police are on the scene of a fatal crash involving a vehicle and a train that occurred Friday morning.

The incident occurred at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 4, on Bacons Road in Delmar, between Powell Farm Lane and Country Walk. A passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound as a train was traveling southbound on the tracks. The vehicle crossed onto the tracks and was struck by the train. The driver of the passenger car was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the crash and officials from the Delmarva Central Railroad are on the scene. Bacons Road between Powell Farm Lane and Country Walk remains closed at this time.

Motorists can expect delays in the area and are advised to seek alternate routes of travel. For information regarding traffic conditions and road closure information click here.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Master Corporal K. Argo of the Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-644-5020.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.