Train hits car at Topstone crossing in Redding

A Metro-North train hit a car at the Topstone/Simpaug Road crossing in Redding around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, according to police.

The train hit the rear of the car and pushed it up the track 100 yards, a report said.

According to the report, the driver got out of the car prior to impact.

There were no injuries and no alcohol was involved, according to police.

This case is being investigated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department.

This is the second Metro-North train accident to take place at Topstone Crossing in a month. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, at around 9:10 p.m., a train struck a vehicle at the intersection. No one was injured.

Redding resident Kristin Mauck, who lives on Chalburn Road near the Topstone train crossing, said she wants a resolution to "this dangerous intersection."

"What can we do to make this better?" she asked.

"Vegetation was cleared and clearly striped markings were put at the crossing to make it safer. Just after that, the Dec. 5 incident happened," she said.

"The problem is not just getting a gate. If someone isn't familiar with the area and they come upon the track, they may think that they are turning onto a road but they are actually just turning onto the track and can get stuck," Mauck said. "This is still an ongoing serious issue."

Mauck said one of the ways to prevent an accident on the track completely "is to close the intersection there. You can still bring in emergency vehicles from either side of the road. Studies should be done on this."