A 17-year-old girl sustained only minor injuries Tuesday night after her car was struck by a CSX train, Charlestown Police Sgt. Chuck Ledbetter said.
According to police, the wreck occurred at 9:09 p.m. on Ind. 62 at the railroad crossing near the old Army Ammunition Plant in Charlestown. The driver, Sarah Bridges, a Jeffersonville High School student, was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville. She was the only person in the vehicle.
Ledbetter said it was “just short of a miracle” that she was not more seriously injured. It took the Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department about 30 minutes to extricate her from the severely damaged vehicle.
Bridges was driving the small white Chevy coupe across the tracks when it was struck by the train, which was backing across the switch track from the north side of Ind. 62 to the yard inside River Ridge Commerce Center on the south side.
Ledbetter said there are overhead and post warning devices but no arms at the crossing. What caused the crash is still being investigated.
Ledbetter said he does not anticipate any charges will be filed, and he does not believe speed, drugs or alcohol were factors. He said all other possibilities are still be investigated.
There have been serious train versus car crashes on Ind. 62 over the years. Some have been fatalities, Ledbetter said.
“I think it’s got something to do with State Road 62,” Ledbetter said. “It seems a dangerous highway at various points.”
The highway was closed for several hours Tuesday night during the investigation and cleanup.