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Three injured, equipment damaged in car, train collision

Westminster police are being asked to conduct traffic at railroad crossings in the city until the emergency crossing lighting is repaired following a collision involving a train and an automobile Thursday night that hospitalized three people.

The driver of the vehicle, an adult female, was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment because she sustained a laceration to her head, according to Maj. Ron Stevens of the Westminster Police Department.

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Two children in the vehicle were transported to Carroll Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The control box for the railroad crossing's emergency lighting was destroyed in the collision, Stevens said.

Westminster police will be alerted when trains are approaching the city and manually stop traffic at affected intersections, including Md. 27 and Main Street, when trains come through until the box can be replaced, according to Stevens.

Trains will also travel at slower than usual speeds through Westminster until the emergency equipment is functional again, Stevens said.

The collision occurred at approximately 9:06 p.m. when a vehicle traveling south on Md. 27 turned onto Winters Street as a train was coming through the intersection, according to Stevens.

The emergency lighting was working at the time of the collision, and Stevens said the cause of the crash is believed to be driver error. Charges are pending.

Md. 27 was closed for more than two hours Thursday night after the crash.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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