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Train hits car left on tracks, killing Dover woman

Union Leader Correspondent

October 18. 2016 6:43AM
This is the private train crossing in Madbury where a Dover woman died early Tuesday when a train hit her parked car. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

MADBURY — A Dover woman was killed early Tuesday morning after a freight train hit her car, which was parked in a private railroad crossing.

Jacquelyn Rollins, 64, was taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, where doctors pronounced her dead upon arrival. Rollins had parked her car in a northwesterly direction and the train hit the driver’s side.

Pan Am Railways Executive Vice President Cynthia Scarano said when the train’s conductor saw the 2013 Chevy Cruze in his path, the crew worked as hard as they could to avoid hitting the car.

“The crew put the train into emergency mode when they saw the vehicle, but they weren’t able to stop it prior to impact,” Scarano said. She said flashing lights along each side of the track were operating properly at the time of the crash, which took place at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Scarano said the train’s conductor, Peter Glidden, of Carmel, Maine, was resting at home Tuesday, trying to recuperate emotionally from the tragedy.

“It’s always upsetting,” Scarano said.

Scarano said the private train crossing leads to a house located at 303 Knox Marsh Road. Police said Tuesday morning that commuter train traffic was delayed while the car was removed from the tracks.

The events leading up to the crash are still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Thomas Bednar at 223-8490.

State police were assisted by officers from Dover, Durham, Madbury, the University of New Hampshire and Boston & Maine Railroad police. Dover Fire and Rescue, Madbury Fire Department, Durham Fire Department and McGregor EMS were on scene as well.

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