Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Police charge driver of car in VRE incident
The driver of the car grazed by a Virginia Railway Express train at a crossing on Wednesday has been charged with reckless driving, according to Officer Jonathan L. Perok with the Prince William County Police Department.
Prince William Police identified the driver as Erin Christine Saar, a 47-year-old Woodbridge resident.
On Wednesday just after 7 p.m., a VRE train grazed a car that had stopped on the tracks at a crossing in the Cherry Hill area of Prince William County.
Two women in the car were returning from dinner at Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant along the Potomac River when their vehicle became lodged on the tracks, VRE’s Mark Roeber told The Free Lance-Star after the incident.
He said the driver was confused by directions and the dark surroundings and turned onto the second set of rails instead of the road.
The two abandoned the vehicle on the tracks and the 311 train hit it.
The train sustained minor damage and continued en route to Fredericksburg. There was significantly more damage to the car, Roeber said.
Passengers on another VRE train had to take a bus from Woodbridge.
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