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Driver says GPS led him onto Webster train tracks

Webster police are investigating after an Arizona man’s rental car was struck by a freight train along Main Street in that town Thursday morning.

The crash occurred just before 10:30 a.m. and forced the closure of Main Street for more than an hour while the car was removed.

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No injuries were reported, Lieutenant Michael Shaw, a Webster police spokesman, said in a prepared statement.

Reed Rosenburg, 53, of Phoenix, was searching for the parking lot of Matte’s Hardware on Main Street when the GPS unit of his rented Subaru Legacy instructed him to make a turn, according to police.

Instead of driving into the parking lot, Reed found himself driving along the railroad tracks of the Providence and Worcester Railroad, Shaw said.

Reed realized he had made an error, but it was too late. The car had become stuck in snow piled on either side of the tracks, and he could see an approaching train in the distance.

He got out of the car and waved his arms to get it to stop, but the train, which included 15 to 20 cars and three locomotives, was unable to in stop time, Shaw said.

The train dragged the car about 100 feet, coming to a stop next to a convenience store.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@
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