Driver tried to 'beat the train' in car-train crash in NYM

The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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A BNSF train exits Wadena across SE 1st Street on Aug. 13, 2021. Rebecca Mitchell / Pioneer Journal

NEW YORK MILLS — A 32-year-old woman was arrested for causing a train-vehicle crash when trying to "beat the train" at a railroad crossing in New York Mills on Jan. 15.

The woman's car was struck on the rear corner of the passenger's side by a BNSF train while crossing the tracks, and was moderately damaged, according to a report from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

The woman, Moriah Flores of New York Mills, was reportedly uninjured. The sheriff's office said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Flores was driving a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix, headed north. The crash was reported at 1:24 p.m. at the crossing at South Boardman Avenue and VanAernam Street. Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene, along with Minnesota State Patrol troopers.

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