One dead after passenger train hits car in Appomattox

Crash happened shortly before 11 a.m.

APPOMATTOX, Va. – One person is dead after a car crossing train tracks in downtown Appomattox was hit by an oncoming train Wednesday morning, according to state police.

The car crossed the tracks on Route 727 and was hit by a Norfolk-Southern passenger train.

Police say the driver of the car died at the scene.

No one on the train was injured. The train has already continued on its way, according to police.

Witnesses tell 10 News the driver was attempting to make a three-point turn before the train rearended her car, pushing it off the tracks.

We spoke with Beth Turner, the owner of Country Charm Gift Shop. She was outside at the time, but didn't hear the crash. She said the victim and her daughter were just in her store the other day.

"I feel for the daughter who lost her mom ... just a sweet family," Turner said. "We'll pray and we'll pull through. We've had lots of tragedies here and we'll pull through and pray for the family."

The crash remains under investigation.

State police is still in the process of notifying next of kin.

This video is from Rhiannon Ziegler.

10 News has a crew heading to the scene.

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