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CFD: No one hurt when train hits car

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Information was still sketchy today about a train-versus-car crash at the Norfolk Southern grade-crossing at North Calumet Road in the Chesterton Downtown.

No one was injured in the accident and damage to the car appears to have been minimal but at deadline the Chesterton Police Department had not yet released a report on the incident.

The Chesterton Fire Department did respond to the scene--as did the Porter and Liberty Township FDs--and CFD Capt. Aimee Gilbert told the Chesterton Tribune that the crash occurred around 12:50 a.m., when a red compact car southbound on North Calumet Road was struck and spun sideways by an eastbound train.

Porter firefighters tended to the vehicle on the north side of the tracks--spreading a quantity of oil dry there--while the CFD worked on the south side, Gilbert said.

There were no occupants in the car by the time first-responders arrived at the scene, although the Norfolk Southern engineer did see two people flee the scene and was able to tell the CPD what the pair was wearing, Gilbert said.

Gilbert was under the impression that the CPD subsequently located the two people at a residence somewhere in town but had no further information.

The CFD cleared the scene at 1:25 a.m.



Posted 5/20/2014