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Car Struck By Train In Greenbrier

Posted at 6:15 AM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 19:32:11-04

A woman was airlifted to a Nashville hospital after her car was struck by a train in Robertson County. 

The incident was reported shortly around 5 a.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of Main Street in Greenbrier.

The car was struck near Main Street and pushed about a mile up the tracks to an area near Ebenezer Road. The 66-rail car train was traveling from Nashville to Avon, Indiana.  

Officials with Greenbrier Police said it's unclear if the car was already sitting on the tracks or if the driver was trying to beat the train. The speed limit in the area is 35 mph. 

The woman was airlifted from the scene and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police said she was in and out of consciousness at the time. 

The car has been removed from the scene. The investigation remains ongoing. 

Police Chief K.D. Smith said they are going to try and add stop arms and other safety measures in the area. Safety has apparently been an issue in the past. 

Officials with CSX released the following statement: 

"The State Dept. of Transportation and the roadway authority determine the types of safety devices installed at each crossing.  CSX maintains the devices that are determined necessary at each crossing."