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Driver slides into freight train

This Pontiac Sunfire is towed away after sliding into the path of a freight train near Sparta. Photo courtesy of WOODTV.com.

This Pontiac Sunfire is towed away after sliding into the path of a freight train near Sparta. Photo courtesy of WOODTV.com.

A teenaged driver reportedly couldn’t stop on a slippery road last Sunday, February 15, and slid into the path of a freight train.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Jessica Poirier, 16, of Sparta, was traveling west on Schultz Avenue, just east of Alpine Avenue, about 2:42 p.m., when the accident occurred. She reported that the lights activated at the crossing, but she was not able to stop due to icy road conditions. As she continued westbound across the tracks, her Pontiac Sunfire was struck by the freight train and pushed to the east. She was treated for minor injuries at the scene. She was the sole occupant of the Sunfire.

The train engineer, Sean Woolworth, 43, of Sparta, was not injured.

The accident is still under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

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