Train hits car stuck in snow on tracks, kills driver

A 50-year-old Wichita woman was killed early this morning when her car became stuck in snow on railroad tracks in north Wichita and it was hit by an oncoming Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, police said.

Sandra Joslin was on her way to work when her sedan became stuck in snow at about 5 a.m. on the tracks at 20th and Topeka, Wichita Police Lt. Joe Schroeder said. When she was unable to free the car from the snow, she called her 28-year-old son at home, who came to the scene and was assisting her when a train came around a bend in the tracks at about 5:30 a.m. perhaps 1/8 of a mile from the car.

Joslin was trying to get out of her car when it was hit by the train, which was traveling at about 35 miles an hour, Schroeder said. She was thrown from the car and died at the scene. Her son was not injured.