Train, vehicle collide

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 31, 2007


A train wreck Thursday evening at the Landline Road crossing left a northbound Selma woman shaken, but unharmed.

Both airbags in Diane Talton’s Honda Accord inflated as twin Norfork Southern engines ripped the front of her vehicle just before 5 p.m. The caution lights were flashing and she said she was looking down the tracks to see where the train was.

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She said the crash was loud and it scared her, but can’t recall ever seeing the train.

“I don’t remember,” Talton said, seated in a motorist’s SUV. “I remember easing up to the tracks to try to see the way the train was coming from.”

Talton said she was not injured, but was visibly shaken.

W.F. Mullens II, operations manager for Norfolk Southern in Selma, declined to comment on the accident, saying company policy dictated the media is referred to their public relations department in Roanoke, Va.

Officials there were unavailable for comment by press time.

Dallas County EMA Director Pam Cook was on the scene with Selma firefighters, Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies, the Potter’s Station Volunteer Fire Department, and Alabama State Troopers.

Emergency responders have had their hands full over the past several weeks.

A commercial train derailed in Beloit that contained potentially hazardous materials, but there were no injuries or contamination, authorities said.