A couple’s plan to go for a hike Sunday morning was quickly derailed when their vehicle became stuck in the snow on railroad tracks and was struck by a Norfolk Southern train.
According to Port Matilda Volunteer Fire Company Chief Steve Kibe, the couple turned off South Eagle Valley Road in Taylor Township, Centre County, about 9 a.m. onto a snowy, unmaintained road to go for a hike. They quickly realized the snow was deeper than anticipated and attempted to turn around when the Chevrolet pickup truck became stuck on the railroad tracks.
Only a minute later they heard a train approaching and quickly exited the vehicle and ran, Kibe said. The truck was then hit by the train, which was traveling southwest on the tracks. The impact caused severe damage to the rear of the truck but the couple escaped safely.
An investigation is underway by Norfolk Southern and state police from Hollidaysburg. Representatives from both organizations were on the scene.