According to a report filed by the Melbourne police department, there is an ongoing investigation around a collision that occurred on Thursday evening between a car and a train. A statement released by the Melbourne police, officers initially received reports of a collision that happened around 7:00pm where Hibiscus Boulevard crosses over the train tracks and emergency response crews responded immediately. When they arrived, they found a badly damaged vehicle that resting on the western side of the train tracks.
As far as they have been able to piece together using the statements of the train’s engineer and the driver of the car (who miraculously escaped the debacle with his life), the driver was approaching the intersection at the same time as the train. The crossing arm was in the process of lowering and made contact with the vehicle as the driver continued to maneuver around it. His progress was not fast enough however, and the train, for whom the crossing arm acts as the traditional harbinger, approached the intersection before the car was able to move completely across the tracks. The train made contact with the rear of the vehicle, causing it to spin out of control before stopping at the location mentioned above.
When the emergency response teams arrived, they were unable to locate any immediate physical injuries on the driver, although he did appear to be highly upset and emotional. The driver was asked and consented to being transported from the scene to a nearby hospital in order to receive a proper examination and diagnosis. The train was held for a little while, but was ultimately released not to long after the incident. Traffic returned to its standard flow around this time as well.
Currently, the name of the driver has not been released, nor has the make and model of the car they were driving. The investigation is still considered active as the Melbourne police search for the reasons why the driver decided to cross the tracks even though the arm was in the process of lowering. More information will be released as it is gathered by the authorities.
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