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NEW INFO: Woman Injured After Van Strikes Train

A woman will be charged after she was injured when her van struck a passing train this afternoon in Craven County.

The accident happened around 12:50 p.m. at the crossing on Lake Road, west of Havelock. Authorities say that's near the Carteret County line.

The Highway Patrol says there are no gates at the crossing, but the warning lights were flashing at the time of the accident.

The Norfolk Southern locomotive, with no cars attached, was going about 25 miles per hour. It dragged the woman's van some 45 feet.

Members of the train crew helped 64-year-old Nancy Topolski out of the wreckage. The Newport woman was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center for her injuries.

Troopers say Topolski will be charged with failure to stop at a railroad crossing.


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Authorities in Craven County are at the scene of an accident involving a train that struck a vehicle at a railroad crossing.

The accident happened around 12:50 p.m. at the crossing on Lake Road, west of Havelock. Authorities say that's near the Carteret County line.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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