Motorist uninjured in near-collision with train

By: Staff Report

LUMBERTON — A motorist’s near miss with a train on Thursday has prompted a state Highway Patrol trooper to try to get a signal at a crossing near Lumberton.

According to Trooper D.B. Strickland, Marvin Bridges, 39, of Maxton, was driving a truck away from Lumberton on Barker Ten Mile Road near Powersville Road when he saw the train too late. Bridges bailed out of the truck, which ended up in a ditch.

Strickland said the train’s conductor stopped to check on Bridges then continued on.

No charges are expected in the crash, which happened shortly before 10 a.m.

Strickland said because of the way the tracks run, a person in a vehicle going north can’t easily see an oncoming train; southbound drivers have a better view, but there are no signals or cross-arms at the crossing.

Strickland said he contact CSX Transportation to find out if the rail company will put a signal at the crossing.

Staff Report