WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Two Massachusetts women were unhurt Monday night after a freight train crashed into their car in Woonsocket.
According to Woonsocket Police Det. Sgt. Matthew Ryan, the women were unfamiliar with the area and accidentally turned onto the tracks in the area of Hamlet Avenue.
As the train approached, Ryan said the driver tried getting the car off the tracks but was unable to before it was struck. Both women were out of the vehicle when it was hit.
“A matter of two minutes before the things came down, and they had been screaming for a good two minutes for someone to help them,” a woman who lives nearby recalled. “They exited the vehicle, fortunately, before impact.”
The driver, identified as Olivia Colby, was later charged with driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a chemical test.
Colby, 21, of Westborough, was arraigned before a bail commissioner overnight and released into her parents’ custody.
A spokesperson for the train’s owner, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc., said the freight train was carrying 42 automobile racks and had two crew members on board, who were not injured in the crash.