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Train hits unoccupied car left on Wichita railroad tracks

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 1:23 p.m.

A woman has been arrested after leaving her unoccupied car on the railroad tracks in southeast Wichita where it was struck by a train.

About 4:30 a.m. Sunday, a Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train struck a 2001 Nissan that was parked on the tracks near 3300 E. MacArthur and Southeast Boulevard, Sedgwick County sheriff Lt. David Mattingly said Wednesday.

Further investigation found a 31-year-old woman had struck a pole holding a railroad crossing arm. The car couldn’t be driven, so she left the car on the tracks and went to her home about a mile away, Mattingly said.

A train hit the car shortly afterward. Deputies found the woman at her home a few hours later and arrested her for leaving the scene of an acccident.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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