December 14, 2011 | Car Accidents
The driver of a recreational vehicle that collided with an 89-car freight train this evening in Hendricks County was the only one injured and was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in critical condition.
The RV was stopped on the train tracks in the 100 block of North Jefferson Street, Brownsburg, facing north when the eastbound CSX train struck the driver’s side shortly before 6:30 p.m., according to a news release from Brownsburg police Detective Sgt. Jennifer Pyatt.
The RV remained against the front of the train engine hours later. Lt. Stephanie Martindale, spokeswoman for the Brownsburg Fire Territory, said the scene was being monitored by emergency workers due to concern there might be propane gas leaking from the RV. The train appears to be intact and on track, she said, but there was caution toward moving the train to avoid any train car derailing.
The train came to a stop near the crossing at Odell Street, about four blocks from the collision.
Brownsburg police and CSX investigators were conducting a joint investigation. Brownsburg police and fire personnel remained on the scene late tonight, and roads in the immediate vicinity of tracks where the crash occurred were closed to traffic during the investigation.