EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 21, 2013

Train stops to avoid hitting car on tracks

By Paul Tennant

---- — ANDOVER — A freight train stopped in time to avoid hitting a car that was stuck on the tracks near the local railroad depot around 8:15 p.m. Thursday night.

No one was injured, according to police Sgt. Cecilia Blais. The driver was trying to make a left turn into Dundee Park from Essex Street when the mishap occurred, Blais said.

The driver apparently turned too quickly and the car ended up on the tracks, Blais said. Fortunately, the the train was moving slowly and onlookers were able to signal it to stop. Had a much-faster-moving commuter train been approaching the trapped vehicle, the situation could have been disastrous, Blais said.

While the train waited, a tow truck moved the vehicle off the tracks.

The incident happened near the commuter rail stop, where passenger trains pick up and discharge people headed to or returning from Boston.

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