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Train Hits Car Carrying Mother, 2 Children

Posted July 30, 2007
Updated July 31, 2007

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— A CSX train clipped the back of the car driven by a mother who had just picked up her two children from day care Monday afternoon, according to the Princeton Police Department.

The mother, Carli Gray, 26, was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill with non-life-threatening injuries to the head, leg and arm, authorities said. Family members said they suffered from broken bones.

The children, ages 2 and 7, were in their car seats at the time. Police said they were scared but did not suffer from any apparent serious injuries. They were taken to Johnston Memorial Hospital.

All three were listed at WakeMed Tuesday. Gray was in fair condition Tuesday morning; the two children were listed in good condition.

The accident happened shortly before 4 p.m at the railroad crossing near Barden and West Edwards streets.

The train pushed Gray's car 70 feet down the tracks and then knocked it into a ditch, authorities said.

Police said there are no railroad crossing arms at the accident site, which is on the crest of the hill.

Gray told authorities she never heard or saw the train. There was a heavy downpour at the time, police said.

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  • Bubble Aug 1, 2007

    fatherofa4yr I'll tell you what's wrong with some of these people - as I have learned from reading the comments on this website recently - at least half of these people can't read. Remember...at least 49% of the people you encounter are below average intelligence...

  • ashlay05 Aug 1, 2007

    SHE WASN'T TRYING TO BEAT THE TRAIN, IT WAS POURING DOWN RAIN AND SHE HAD 2 YOUNG KIDS IN THE CAR. IM PRETTY SURE SHE REALLY DIDN'T PLAN ON GETTING IN TO AN ACCIDENT WITH A TRAIN THAT DAY ,AND HURTING HERSELF AND HER KIDS. THE TRAIN DIDN'T RUN OFF THE TRACK AND CHASE THE CAR OFF THE ROAD EITHER ( FOR THE SMART TAIL THAT MADE THAT COMMENT). IT WAS A FREAK ACCIDENT BUT EVERYONE IS OK, THE KIDS CAME HOME BUT THE MOM IS STILL IN THE HOSPITAL. THINGS HAPPEN

  • lilreno is in the wind Aug 1, 2007

    GLAD TO HAER THAT NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY HURT

  • this_is_bananas Aug 1, 2007

    you know, when i drive, i slow down and look for trains. Thus, i haven't been hit by one! She could've even stopped at the track to look for trains. School busses stop at crossings. No matter how many or which gods do and don't exist this accident was the ladies fault.

  • mom2threecld Jul 31, 2007

    Thank GOD they are all alright. how scary

  • raceready66 Jul 31, 2007

    i must say this trains dont always blow its horn and im not tryen to argue but i know of plenty of times in princeton that the train has not blowed its horn anyways just my two cents i had a friend in middle school who lost his dad to a train wreck and niether the horn or light was on yea the familay got compusated but hes dead so dont tell me everyone is perfect and that the train always blows its horn

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 31, 2007

    Bigmoe,…careful there…you just insulted millions of Hindus!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishnu
    Many on this board don’t realize the fact that Jehovah isn’t the only god in town, or that others existed LONG before He was made up.


    lfields,…given your hypocrisy of attacking me as judgmental while not attacking those judgmental of me, I assumed you’re just another Christian spook believer. Voodoo was sarcasm. Sorry if I assumed wrong.


    Railroad crossings without lights or arms are just fine. Trains have the right of way and drivers are taught to STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN. Granted, some would be safer if they had lights and arms, and some probably SHOULD have them, but if the train is following the rules the accident is the fault of the driver.

  • bigmoe Jul 31, 2007

    Lightfoot....who/what the heck is Fishnu...I mean Vishnu? Sounds like something that goes on a salad......

  • linnway Jul 31, 2007

    There were a couple of train accidents at the Raleigh/Cary border. A couple of people were killed in these incidents. There were not any arms at the crossings nor lights. There were court proceedings, but nothing ever became of it.

  • lfields Jul 31, 2007

    I DIDN'T MENTION A THING ABOUT MY BELIEFS, WHERE DID THAT COME FROM??!! I THINK YOU ARE TYPING JUST TO TYPE.

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