2018-02-14 / Front Page

Woman dies after car hit by train

By TIM GULLA
Ledger Staff Writer

Looks of determination on the faces of firefighters, paramedics and police officers trying to free a Gaffney woman trapped inside a wrecked vehicle gave way to looks of dejection Tuesday afternoon when it was determined rescue efforts were no longer needed.

The tragedy occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday as a northbound train traveling through the downtown struck a 2004 Honda CR-V driven by Beth Motts Ramsey, 49, of Brookwood Drive, at the Floyd Baker Boulevard train crossing, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said.

Fowler said a witness told authorities Ramsey drove around the crossing arms, which were in the down position. Her vehicle was struck on the driver’s side.

The accident occurred just a few hundred feet from both the Gaffney police and fire department headquarters, which are on the east side of the tracks. The Honda came to rest on the West Side of the tracks.

The 93-car train, which was being pulled by locomotives with Union Pacific lettering, blocked all railroad crossing in the downtown, from the 5-Points intersection to Rutledge Avenue, after coming to a stop.

All crossings were cleared by 7:30 p.m. The train was headed to Linwood, N.C. from New Orleans.

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