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South Boston News / January 09, 2014
An elderly motorist, apparently disoriented, escaped with his life after his vehicle was struck by a moving train in Halifax yesterday afternoon shortly before 4 p.m.

A Nissan Sentra operated by 70 year old Isaac Wood Jr. of 206 Glendale Avenue, South Boston got caught on the tracks as the warning arm came down over the vehicle.

The arm trapped the car as the train approached.

The train’s engineer told Town of Halifax police that the man never looked at him as train bore down. The engineer said he applied his brakes once he saw the vehicle on the tracks, but it was too late to avoid striking the car.

The collision knocked the car off the tracks and demolished it, but Wood survived. Local firefighters called to the scene had to extricate the driver from the car.

Wood was later able to speak to officers after he was cut out of the wreckage. According to Halifax Police Chief Kevin Lands, Wood said he thought he was on the other side of tracks when the collision occurred. His account was supported by the train’s engineer, who said the motorist did not appear to be looking at the train when the disaster occurred.

After momentum carried the train forward, the engineer backed up to return to the crash site, where he spoke to police.

Wood was rushed to Halifax Regional Hospital’s Emergency Room. Lands said he believed his injuries were not life threatening.

“Mr. Wood is alert and talking to us, telling us he thought he was on the other side of the tracks. We don’t know the extent of his injuries, but they do not seem to be too severe,” Lands said late yesterday.

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