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Brunswick woman injured when train struck her SUV

Southern Maine sees a third train-related incident in a matter of two weeks. Coretta Harrison has minor injuries from the crash, police say.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Brunswick woman has minor injuries from an incident on Monday in which a train struck her SUV.

According to the Times Record, Coretta Harrison was leaving New Meadows Motel in her Toyota Rav 4 SUV Monday afternoon.

While crossing a set of railroad tracks, that cut across the motel’s main driveway, a train owned by Central Maine Quebec and Railroad hit her vehicle.

Harrison was taken to Mid Coast Hospital but is no longer listed as a patient there, according to a hospital spokesperson, who spoke to the Times Record.

Police say the tracks are marked with crossing signs and that there is a stop sign on either side of the tracks. 

There is no gate, blinking lights or audible warning system at the crossing, which is on private property. 

It has not yet been confirmed whether the train’s horn sounded prior to the collision.

Brunswick police and Central Maine and Quebec Railroad authorities are investigating the crash.

According to police, safety at that crossing is the responsibility of the landowner because it is a private crossing.

The New Meadow Motel's owner, Walter Reil, said this is the first time a train has collided with a car at that crossing.

“You can see both ways right and left as you go across,” he said.

Reil told the Times record, drivers can see the train for at least a half-mile to the left side and about a quarter-mile to the right.

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This incident follows two other train-related crashes in the southern Maine area within two weeks.

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