A 63-year-old woman died Tuesday morning when her Jeep was struck by a train at a railroad crossing, according to borough police.
Officials had not released the name of the woman as of late Tuesday afternoon.
Palmyra Borough Police were dispatched at 8:15 a.m. when a westbound Norfolk Southern train struck the woman's Jeep Liberty at the North Railroad Street crossing near Snavely's Mill.
Wendy D'Agostino, who lives near the tracks, said her neighbors heard a loud bang Tuesday morning as the woman's vehicle was struc.
"I heard sirens and I come outside," she said. "(My neighbor) said that a car was found on the track and got hit."
Officers arrived at the scene and found the SUV on its side in the northwest corner of the crossing, Palmyra Borough Police said in a press release. The woman inside the vehicle was deceased.
"The police department told (the state Department of Transportation's) Traffic Management Center that the gates were operational at the time of the incident," PennDOT spokeswoman Fritzi Schreffler said.
North Railroad and North Forge streets were closed Tuesday morning by the Palmyra Fire Department as responders secured and cleared the scene. The roads reopened at 10:46 a.m.
The train was traveling to Chicago when it struck the SUV, according to a statement from Norfolk Southern. The train had three locomotives and 35 cars.
"Any loss of life is a tragedy – our thoughts are with this person’s family during this difficult time. This is an incredibly unfortunate reminder that railroad crossings can be uniquely dangerous places that always beg extra caution and respect of any signals," company officials said in the statement.
Lebanon County Coroner Dr. Jeff Yocum was on the scene. Officials said the crash is still under investigation.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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