Havelock driver faces charges in last week's collision with train

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Co-workers and friends of a woman who drove her van into the path of a Norfolk-Southern train look at the scene Friday at the crossing at Greenfield Heights Boulevard in Havelock. After the collision, the train backed up down the tracks to clear the crossing for traffic. The woman, Sharon Ann Tull, of Havelock, was treated and released from the hospital but faces multiple charges in connection with the crash.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 03:20 PM.

A Havelock woman faces multiple charges after she drove a van into the path of an oncoming train Friday morning in Havelock.

Sharon Ann Tull, 47, of Havelock, has been charged with driving while license revoked, disobeying a railroad crossing signal and damage to property, according to Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus.

The collision took place around 9:30 a.m. where the tracks cross at the intersection of Greenfield Heights and Miller boulevards, and Lake and Church roads.

Tull was the lone person in a 2006 Dodge Caravan as she drove from Greenfield Heights Boulevard east toward Miller Boulevard. Initial reports indicate she had stopped with the signal lights flashing at the railroad crossing but then moved forward across the tracks where she was struck.

“She was stopped,” Cyrus said. “Her intent was to back up away from the tracks, but prior to putting the vehicle in reverse, she pressed on the accelerator and proceeded to go forward.”

The train engine, carrying 38 cars, some loaded with gravel, struck the front and driver’s side of the van. The van then careened into guard rails protecting one of the railroad crossing signals near Lake Road.

The train, which did not derail, continued down the track about 300 yards before it could stop.

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