Snow Contributes To Deadly Train Crash

By: KAKE News Email
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February 2, 2011


Police say a train hit and killed a woman when her car was stuck in the snow on the tracks at Topeka and 20th Street in North Wichita. Officers say she was still trying to free her car when the accident happened.

Investigators say the victim is 50-year-old Sandra Joslin of Wichita. Police believe she was on her way to work when the accident happened around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police estimate Joslin's car had been stuck for about 30 minutes prior to the crash.

"There was quite a bit of snow on the railroad tracks at that location," said Wichita Police Lt. Joe Schroeder.

Police say Joslin called her 28-year-old son, who did come out to help, but officers say they wish she would have called 911.

"If you're stuck on the railroad tracks and you cannot immediately get that vehicle moved, you need to leave the vehicle there. It is dangerous to stay anywhere near the vehicle," said Schroeder.

Investigators say as the BNSF train rounded a corner about 1/8 of a mile down the tracks, Joslin was still in her car. She was reportedly trying to get out when the train hit her. Police estimate it was traveling around 35 miles per hour.

"We don't know what occurred to make her not get out of the vehicle fast enough," said Schroeder.

Joslin's son was still on scene when the crash happened, but was not injured.

BNSF released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying, "BNSF extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim of this grade crossing collision. If your vehicle ever stalls on a track, get out, move away from the vehicle and call 911. If it is a BNSF track, call 1-800-832-5452."


A woman is dead this morning after a train hit her car after it got stuck in the snow on the tracks near 21st St. North and North Topeka. It happened at about 5:30 Wednesday Morning.

There was an attempt to get the woman's car off the tracks before the train came. However, when those attempts failed the woman was not able to get out of her car in time.

The victim has been identified as 50-year-old Sandra Joslin.

No one else was hurt.

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