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Waterman driver ticketed in crash with train

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:13 p.m. CDT
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Monica Maschak - Crews work to clean up the scene of an accident after a car collided with a Union Pacific train crossing Lee Road at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, between Leland and Gast roads. A woman and a 10-month-old child were transported to a hospital. There is a yield sign at the train tracks, but no lights indicating whether a train is coming.

SHABBONA — A Waterman woman and her 10-month-old baby were taken to Kishwaukee Hospital as a precautionary measure Tuesday she accidentally drove into a passing train near Shabbona, authorities said.

Sarah K. Tompkins, 28, of the 6900 block of Lee Road in Waterman, was driving east on Lee Road about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday toward the train tracks between Leland and Gast roads when her Pontiac Grand Prix collided with a Union Pacific train car, authorities said. Tompkins said she was distracted by her infant in the back seat and did not see the train approaching, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff's Office news release.

There is a yield sign at the train tracks, but no lights or gates, DeKalb County Sheriff's Lt. Andy Sullivan said. The train was already in the intersection when the Pontiac collided with it, striking the first car. The Pontiac then went into a ditch, Sullivan said.

The vehicle was towed from the scene, and Tompkins was cited for failing to yield.

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