Metro-North train strikes car in Darien

A Metro-North train struck a car stuck on the tracks early Tuesday morning in Darien.



Officials say it happened around 1:15 a.m. on the tracks along Hoyt Street as the train was headed to New Canaan.



Pauline Kellner says her 22-year-old daughter got lost while in Darien, with which she is unfamiliar. Her GPS route had her veer right, causing her tire to get stuck on the track. Reversing the car did not work, and neither did trying to push it with help from the friend who was with her.



Eight minutes later, the car's occupants heard the train coming and exited the vehicle before it was smashed.



According to officials, there were only four passengers on the train at the time. None of them were hurt, nor were the two people in the car. Because of the time of the crash, there was no service disruption.



Kellner's daughter got a summons for failing to stop at a railroad crossing, but Kellner says they will fight it.



MTA police are investigating the incident. Darien police say MTA officials will be at the site Wednesday to look at the crossing and determine whether any changes need to be made.


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