GARNER — A Raleigh woman died Friday night after her car got stuck at a railroad crossing in the path of an oncoming Amtrak train.
Robin Downes Mozafaripour, 59, died in the wreck, which was reported at 9:44 p.m.
Garner police said Mozafaripour was traveling east on Garner Road and turned right onto Vandora Springs Road. When she did, her car, a 2012 Kia Soul, ran off the roadway to the right and got stuck in the railroad tracks.
Witness accounts said the woman drove into the intersection and just as she did, the railroad crossing arms and lights started sounding.
“Our understanding is that it all happened very quickly,” Garner police Lt. Chris Clayton said.
“Witnesses said it looked like she was doing everything she could to get the car off the tracks.”
The Amtrak was traveling westbound toward Raleigh on its way to Miami when the crash occurred.
Mozafaripour was the only occupant in the vehicle. She was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. There were no injuries reported on board the train.
The intersection has not been the scene of a train-car collision in several years. Clayton said Friday night’s crash was the first fatal car-train collision in several years in Garner.
“We’ve had some wrecks where the people were able to get out of the car before the wreck, but that wasn’t the case this time,” Clayton said.
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