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92-Year-Old Driver Injured After Metro-North Train Hits Car On Tracks In Darien

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Metro-North Railroad Train (file / credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Metro-North Railroad Train (file / credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

DARIEN, Conn. (WCBS 880/AP) - Metro-North Railroad officials say a train struck a car in Darien that was driven by a 92-year-old man who had stopped on the tracks.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau With The Story

Metro-North spokeswoman Margie Anders says the driver had his seat belt on and his airbags deployed. He was conscious and alert when emergency crews arrived. The man was taken to a local hospital with a shoulder injury.

Anders said none of the 48 passengers or crew members aboard the train were hurt.

Anders said the railway gates and flashers came down in front and behind of the man’s sedan and he was the only person in the car. She said it was unclear why he had stopped on the tracks.

“I don’t know whether the car stalled or whether there was traffic in front of him,” she told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Anders told 1010 WINS it appeared the driver panicked and did not got out of the car.

The train was the 9:36 a.m. out of New Canaan. The train was going 35 miles per hour when the crash happened.

Anders said there is damage to the railway at that location. Bus service is being provided until repairs are completed.

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