Driver who went around crossing arms escapes serious injury when train hits car

Driver who went around crossing arms escapes serious injury when train hits car

CHAMPAIGN — A woman who admitted going around railroad crossing arms because she feared running out of gas escaped serious injury but saw her car take heavy damage when it was struck by a train.

A Champaign police report said Jasmine Lyes was driving east in the 200 block of East Bradley Avenue about 6:35 p.m. Monday when she could see the railroad crossing signals flashing and the crossing arms down.

Seeing another vehicle going around the arms and fearing she would run out of gas, Lyes chose to drive around them, too. Her car was hit by a southbound Amtrak train.

Witnesses confirmed that she went around the arms.

Lyes was able to crawl out the driver’s-side window of her heavily damaged Pontiac Grand Am.

The report said she was ticketed for disobeying a signal indicating an approaching train. She was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital for what were described as minor injuries, treated and released.

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