GARNER — Police continue to attempt to reconstruct the train-on-car collision on Vandora Springs near Garner Road that left a Raleigh woman dead.
Norfolk Southern Railroad said the time between the warning arm going down and the train’s arrival was double the minimum standard, and town complaints of the particular crossing suggest only that the gates occasionally activate without a train.
Robin Downes Mozafaripour’s car became stuck on the tracks about 9:44 p.m Oct. 4, after she turned right onto Vandora Springs from eastbound Garner Road.
“Our understanding is that she was actively trying to dislodge her vehicle by rocking it back and forth as she was stuck on the tracks,” Garner police spokesman Chris Clayton said. “We understand that it appeared to be very quick from when she was stuck to when the lights and signal activated.”
Clayton said the front left wheel of the front-wheel drive 2012 Kia Soul had cleared both rails. The right front wheel had not, and was stuck between the rails. Both wheels were off the road to the right.
Clayton said the cause of the car leaving the road has not yet been determined; a crash report could come this week.
Clayton also said there was no indication that railroad equipment malfunctioned.
Norfolk-Southern spokesman Robin Chapman said data showed the signals activated and the crossing bar dropped 40 seconds before the train struck Mozafaripour, 59. The minimum set by the Federal Railroad Administration is 20 seconds, he said. Norfolk Southern operates the tracks.
Chapman said all data indicated all mechanisms working properly at the time of the accident.
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