Another day, someone else getting hit by a moving object the size of a house. An object, mind you, that runs on permanently placed tracks that have been in the same location for years, and are frequently surrounded by bells, whistles and flashing lights. Can someone enlighten me on how someone can get hit by a train?

From Foster's Daily Democrat:

ROCHESTER — A woman escaped injury Wednesday after a vehicle she was driving was struck by a train.

Police said Virginia Varney, 87, of Rochester, was driving west on Summer Street Wednesday morning and stopped for the approaching train, but the front of her vehicle was too close to the tracks. The train conductor tried to stop, but could not, and the train struck the front left corner of the 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, said Police Capt. Paul Toussaint.

While Varney was not injured in the accident, the vehicle she was driving was towed from the scene. The Northcoast train, did not sustain any damage, said Toussaint.

The accident occurred at approximately 9:13 a.m. Wednesday, and emergency officials were on scene until shortly before 1 p.m. in response to the incident.

Toussaint said weather conditions are not believed to be a factor in the accident.

Glad to see nobody was hurt, but the question still stands: How do you get in the way of a locomotive?

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