No one hurt as train crashes into SUV in Hawthorne

Published: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 9:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 9:18 p.m.

A 54-year-old woman whose SUV got stuck on railroad tracks near in Hawthorne Sunday evening managed to get out of the vehicle before a freight train plowed into it.

The CSX train was not derailed and members of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway State Patrol were working Sunday night to clear the traffic jam at the intersection.

The driver of the white 2013 Jeep Cherokee, Teresa Braun of New Smyrna, was alone in the 2013 Jeep Cherokee heading north on State Road 200A at around 7:15 p.m., according to the FHP.

As she approached the main line tracks of CSX, just north of Southeast 73rd Avenue her GPS told her she was going in the wrong direction. She made a left

turn onto the grass southbound shoulder of State Road 200A where it then traveled onto the CSX railroad tracks and the Jeep became hung on the tracks, the FHP said.

Two male bystanders tried to push the SUV off the tracks but were unsuccessful.

Braun started blowing her horn to attract help, and another woman driver stopped. She couldn’t help because she had a small truck but no chain or tow rope, but she remained at the scene.

Braun and the other driver were on the track for 10 minutes when she heard the first train horn blow. Braun was startled and jumped out of the car with just her purse just before the train smashed into the Jeep.

“I tried to go forward. I tried to go backward. I just tried to get off,” Braun said. “I don’t know where I’m going to go, or what I’m going to do.”

Braun was cited for careless driving, according to the report.

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