Woman escapes serious injuries

Photo courtesy of Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh Perry Township firefighters tend to what’s left of a Jeep Liberty after it was struck by an eastbound train at South Lincoln Avenue at 6:05 a.m. Friday morning. Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh said the driver panicked and stopped when the gates went down as she was crossing the tracks. He said she’ll be cited for a railroad crossing violation and having no driver’s license. She was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

PERRY TWP. — A Youngstown woman got by with non-life threatening injuries and can expect a pair of citations after an eastbound train struck her Jeep on the South Lincoln Avenue tracks Friday morning.

Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh said 41-year-old Latrese Dawson was traveling south in the southbound lane of South Lincoln Avenue and started crossing the tracks. When the lights came on and the gates started coming down, he said “she panicked and stopped.”

The eastbound train clipped the rear of her Jeep Liberty, pushing the vehicle around the gate and into the northbound lane on the other side of the tracks, facing south. The accident occurred at 6:05 a.m. and according to Emigh, the back end of her Jeep was gone.

He said Dawson was taken by KLG ambulance to Salem Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and was expected to be ok. The accident was still under investigation, but he said he was planning to issue citations for having no driver’s license and for a railroad crossing violation.

Salem police also responded, along with the Perry Township Fire Department, KLG and EMT. Kaiser Towing removed the Jeep Liberty from where it ended up.