Essex Residents Hurt in Train Crash

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In Stoddard County, three residents of Essex sustained serious injuries after the driver failed to stop at a marked railroad crossing.

On December 22, 2012 at approximately 10:40 a.m., Gary Sanders, age 47 from Essex, Missouri was operating a 1993 Chevrolet 1500. Anthony Carter, age 39 from Benton, Arkansas was operating a 2000 EMD SD70M Union Pacific Train.

At that said time, Gary Sanders was traveling in the northbound direction while Anthony Carter was traveling in the eastbound direction on Stoddard County Road 691. The collision occurred as Gary attempted to cross the railroad tracks and failed to stop at the marked railroad crossing. Gary drove his vehicle into the path of the oncoming eastbound train.

Gary Sanders received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. His passengers, Kayla and Earl Christian, both sustained serious injuries from the collision and were transported by air evacuation to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, all the passengers were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.

Gary Sander’s 1993 Chevrolet 1500 received total damages and was towed by Christian Allen in Dexter, Missouri. The 2000 EMD SD70M Union Pacific Train received minor damages from the collision and was driven from the scene of the crash.

This car-train crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop E, Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, Stoddard County EMS, and Dudley Fire Department.


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