On March 9, 2022, at about 1651 hours, Newark Police responded to the CSX railroad tracks at the West Main Street crossing for a report of a vehicle stuck on the railroad tracks. Prior to the arrival of Newark PD, good samaritans and University of Delaware police officers assisted removing all occupants from the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, a westbound CSX train struck the vehicle, pushing the vehicle off the tracks and causing damage to a railroad gate arm.
An investigation at the scene determined that a 2008 Nissan Altima, operated by a 31 year-old male from New Castle, was traveling eastbound on West Main Street. The Nissan turned left onto the railroad tracks instead of the dogleg roadway between West Main Street and New London Road. The vehicle became disabled and was unable to be removed from the tracks. The railroad gate arms and warning devices were working properly and alerted the occupants and others assisting them of the approaching train. No one was injured in this collision. The vehicle had been occupied by a driver and two passengers prior to the crash.
The driver was charged with driving while suspended, inattentive driving and driving off the roadway.
The roadway was closed for about 4.5 hours while the vehicle was removed and the railroad crossing warning devices were repaired.