A woman was taken to the hospital after she crossed the railroad tracks in front of a train and was hit on Monday afternoon in Edinburgh.

The woman was driving east on East Main Cross Street about 12:30 p.m. when her car was hit by a train that was traveling north, Edinburgh Police Chief David Mann said.  The accident happened downtown near multiple businesses.

The collision caused severe damage to the car, and firefighters had to pry off a door to get the woman out before taking her to Johnson Memorial Health for treatment, he said.

The Louisville-Indiana railroad crossing has flashing lights, and there isn’t any indication that they weren’t working at the time of the crash, Mann said. The crossing does not have arms that stop traffic when a train is approaching.

Investigators are still working to piece together what led up to the crash, and Mann said anyone who witnessed it should contact the Edinburgh Police Department at 812-526-2636.

The police department, Edinburgh Fire Department and the Johnson County and Bartholomew County sheriff’s offices responded to the crash, Mann said.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.