GPS mishap results in wrong turn, crushed car
Crash of train, car snarls traffic
Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 04:05
A CSX train heading eastbound on Elkton Road crashed into an unoccupied car on Thursday after the driver misunderstood GPS directions, halting traffic to and from Laird Campus for approximately 45 minutes, police said.
At 10:28 a.m., Amy Macchiarelli, 44, of Wilmington, was driving her white Toyota Corolla eastbound on West Main Street, Newark police spokesman Mark Farrall said.
As she approached the train tracks near the West Main Street and Elkton Road intersection, Macchiarelli's GPS advised her to turn left, Farrall said. She then turned onto the train tracks, and her car became stuck on the tracks.
Macchiarelli was able to exit her vehicle and walk to safety before the CSX train arrived at the intersection. The car was hit from behind and pushed approximately 100 feet before stopping behind The Deer Park Tavern.
Macchiarelli was cited for inattentive driving. No one was injured as a result of the accident.