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Train strikes car in downtown Struthers

STRUTHERS — A woman was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for observation after a train struck her vehicle around 7 p.m. today on a railroad crossing at state Route 616 and State Street in downtown Struthers.

Aikaterine Maglis, 53, of Campbell, sustained possible non-life-threatening injuries after her dark-blue Honda CRV sport utility vehicle apparently was trapped between a set of gates that lowered just before the train struck and severely damaged her vehicle’s rear passenger side.

The train was traveling eastbound about 25 mph when the accident occurred. Maglis was the vehicle’s sole occupant, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.

The driver, however, was not trying to beat the train, but evidently became stuck between the gates, the patrol said.

The impact caused the SUV’s airbags to deploy before the vehicle was towed from the scene. In addition, a railroad crossing sign was toppled. Traffic on both sides of the tracks was rerouted.

Struthers police assisted the highway patrol with the investigation, and the train resumed its travels shortly before 8 p.m.

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