Driver jumps from car stuck on Morrisville train tracks

Posted January 8, 2013

— A Morrisville woman whose car got stuck on train tracks escaped without injury Tuesday afternoon, bailing out minutes before an Amtrak train hit her car.

Sujana Kolluru said she was on her way home from work when her car came to a stop on the tracks in heavy traffic. Moments later, the train safety arms and lights activated.

"Just in seconds, my car – the train hit my car," Kolluru said.

Traffic in the area was slowed, but no one was injured.

Morrisville authorities closed McCrimmon Parkway between N.C. Highway 54 (Chapel Hill Road) and Church Street just before 6 p.m. as they dealt with the collision. 

The wreck tore a cable on the crossing bars, and a Morrisville spokeswoman said the intersection would remain closed until at least 7 p.m.


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  • TARHEELS83 Jan 17, 2013

    Push Pull

  • silverflash Jan 17, 2013

    that's why you NEVER stop on the tracks!! You wait until the car in front of you has moved far enough ahead so that you can clear the tracks..... geez.....

  • Nancy Jan 9, 2013

    "Nancy, you would NEVER see a picture of me stopped on the railroad tracks, I know better... ever seen a video (or worse in real life) of what happens when a train hits a car?" - jeffdewitt

    I was responding to another poster who said everyone does it blah, blah, blah.

    I was responding that they would be seriously wrong on that score.

    I never do, ever. I'm not dumb.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 9, 2013

    As fast as the trains run through Morrisville they need to be on elevated rails, at least when in residential areas within cities limits.

  • jeffdewitt Jan 9, 2013

    Nancy, you would NEVER see a picture of me stopped on the railroad tracks, I know better... ever seen a video (or worse in real life) of what happens when a train hits a car?

    mpheels, being in the middle of an intersection when the light changes is something else again. If you are going to turn left and the traffic is heavy sometimes all you can do is sit in the intersection until the light changes and the oncoming traffic stops. It's just good practice to pull as far forward as you safely can and wait for the traffic to clear, that also give the people behind you more opportunity to go.

  • beaupeep Jan 9, 2013

    "Just in seconds, my car – the train hit my car," Kolluru said.

    No, your car got in way of the train.

  • sunneyone2 Jan 9, 2013

    Good thing no one was hurt.

    I don't agree with those of you wanting to sue her or yank her license. She's going to have to pay for her vehicle's damages and possibly those of the train. I think those bills combined with the nightmares of "what if" will be punishment enough for this mistake that I see people in this area make all the time.

  • look deeper Jan 9, 2013

    Obviously the rules of the road say never attempt to CROSS a railroad track unless you can safely PROCEED ACROSS the tracks. That being said, there are other issues to be discussed here. It is 2013, it seems almost everything in our world is controlled by "smart elctronics". Why are we still living with "dumb" traffic signals. Simple timers can be used to adjust traffic signals accordingly during peak traffic hours. A longer open signal at the Church Street intersection with McCrimmon west bound, and an adjusted longer stop signal at McCrimmon and 54 during these high traffic times would stop the back up at the railroad crossing at McCrimmon and 54. Redo the government contracts and start installing traffic signals that provided maximum public safety, not maximum gov profit.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 9, 2013

    The lord was with this lady. Glad she is alive today.

  • paradiselost Jan 9, 2013

    Does the drivers insurance company get the bill for damages and cleanup resources?