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Driver crashes onto rail tracks

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

By NICOLE ANTONUCCI

nicole.antonucci@recordernews.com

TOWN OF AMSTERDAM -- An eighteen-year old woman suffered minor injuries after her vehicle overturned onto the railroad tracks when she reportedly crashed her car on Route 5 Sunday.

Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato said the department got a call at approximately 6:41 p.m. about a possible accident on Route 5 in the town adjacent to Truax Road.

Upon arriving to the scene, deputies found a car overturned on the railroad tracks. No other cars were involved.

"The car went airborne, and rolled over several times, and ended up on the tracks," Amato said, adding the cause was most likely speeding. "She was not intoxicated or texting at the time of the accident."

Deedra R. Vargo was the only passenger in the car, and suffered whiplash and a concussion. She was taken to the emergency room at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam by GAVAC.

Amato said Vargo was also issued tickets for allegedly driving 90 mph in a 55 mph zone and failure to keep right. Her vehicle was towed from the scene and CSX train service was delayed as police cleaned the tracks.

Cranesville Fire Department responded to the scene.

     

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