Vehicle hit by train when passing car

A sport utility vehicle was destroyed Thursday afternoon when it was struck by a train in downtown Seymour after the driver passed a car stopped for the train at Chestnut Street and St. Louis Avenue, police report.

No one was injured in the incident reported at about 3:05 p.m. Thursday, but the Ford Escape was a total loss.

According to police reports, Petrona Domingo, 18, of Seymour was driving south on Chestnut Street when she saw a car stopped in front of the train tracks.

Domingo told police she though that meant she was supposed to go around the vehicle, so she did.

The red railroad crossing lights were flashing at the time, and a loud horn on the train was being blown by the conductor, but there was no drop bar to prevent vehicles from driving across the tracks, police said.

When Domingo started to cross the tracks after passing the stopped car, her SUV was struck by the train, which stopped a short distance away, police said.

Seymour Police Department Officer Bart Bevers, who responded to the crash scene, reported Domingo said she did not have a driver’s license and had never obtained one.

Domingo was cited and ordered to appear in Jackson Superior Court I for knowingly or intentionally operating a motor vehicle while never having received a driver’s license, a Class C misdemeanor.

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