EPCSO: Woman involved in train accident "lucky" to be alive
POSTED: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 3:58pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 1:27pm
Fabens, TX (KTSM) — A woman suffered minor injuries after a train crashed into her car in Fabens Thursday morning. It happened at 6:30 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of Fabens Rd. near Austin St.
According to El Paso County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Deputy Mariano Valle, the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling south on Fabens Rd. when she somehow ended up on the train tracks. A Union Pacific train traveling west hit the car, causing the car to spin before knocking over the railroad crossing signal
The driver of the Malibu is identified as Marisol Flores. Mariano said she was trapped in her car following the crash, and it took emergency crews approximately 45 minutes to pull her to safety. She was taken to Del Sol Medical Center for a minor leg injury.
"She was very, very lucky. We don't see many people that survive these sorts of accidents," said Valle.
Grisel Amaya has lived in Fabens her entire life. She said this type of accident is common in the area. She said her cousin died in a crash at the same location nearly ten years ago.
Valle said the train passes in that area at least a dozen times a day and sometimes drivers don't want to wait.
"It's kind of common for the train to pass here every day, and we do see people trying to cross the arms," he said.
Amaya said she is guilty of crossing the arms as well, but said she does it because sometimes the crossing arms aren't working properly.
"Sometimes the things fall down and there's no train passing by," said Amaya.
However, Valle said it is never safe to drive around them.
"If the arms are down, you stay, you stop; even if you don't see the train coming, wait until the arms come back up. If anything, call us and we'll call the railroad company to have the arms fixed," said Valle.