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Mother, 2 kids escape before train hits van

A mother and her two young children are safe after their minivan was struck by a train when their GPS instructed the driver to turn onto railroad tracks, where the vehicle became stuck Tuesday night in Belmont, Transit Police said.

Around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the minivan had been traveling southbound on Brighton Street when the GPS instructed the driver to take a right-hand turn just prior to Hittinger Street, which she did, Transit Police said on their blog.

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When the woman followed the directions, the minivan became stuck in the tracks, and she could not drive away, Transit Police said.

The three were able to get out just before a Fitchburg commuter rail train struck the vehicle, according to Transit police.

The driver of the minivan was not cited in the incident.

There were about 70 passengers on board the Fitchburg-bound train, none of whom were injured, Transit Police said. They were picked up by MBTA buses that completed the route.

Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@
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