SELMA – A Reedley woman was killed around 10:30 a.m. Aug. 21 when the SUV she was in became stuck in the railroad crossing arms near Golden State Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The SUV was struck by an oncoming Union Pacific train.
The California Highway Patrol released the victim's name Aug. 23 as Escolastica Andres, 64.
Tim McMahan with Union Pacific confirmed there were two occupants in the vehicle. The condition of the other occupant is not yet known.
"The train crew was unhurt. Union Pacific is investigating the incident," McMahan said. The tracks were closed in that area as the investigation was completed.
Selma Fire Chief Robert Petersen said the initial call came in just after 10:30 a.m.
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This crossing does have crossing arms and the cause of the collision is not yet known.
Petersen cautioned commuters to obey all traffic and warning signs when approaching a railroad crossing, and when stopped at a crossing, always do so at a safe distance from the railroad tracks.
Selma Police Department's Lt. Myron Dick confirmed there were two occupants. Witnesses reported that the crossing arm equipment at the intersection was working. The witnesses also said the SUV may have become trapped between the arms.
"We're working with the railroad's police and some of our investigators are doing follow up," he said. Additional information would be released later, Dick said.