Woman killed after train hits car in Morristown

Woman killed after train hits car in Morristown

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A woman was killed Tuesday morning when a train struck a vehicle near downtown Morristown. A woman was killed Tuesday morning when a train struck a vehicle near downtown Morristown.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A woman was killed Tuesday morning when a train struck a vehicle near downtown Morristown.

The accident was reported just after 11 a.m. on Liberty Hill Street just off Main Street.

Morristown police say at Mary Devotie, 79, was killed in the accident.

Officers say Devotie was driving over the railroad crossing as the flashing lights were activated. At some point, the top bars were fully in the down position, leaving Devotie unable to continue. They say she tried to put the car in reverse when she realized what was going on, but put it in park by accident.

The train pushed Devotie's vehicle more than 80 feet. Police say her airbags did not deploy.

Neighbor David Gulley says he knew Devotie for years and couldn't believe it when he heard the news.

"She's always been a dear, dear friend to me. I had close relationships with the family. This is certainly another tragedy for the city of Morristown," said Gulley.

Officials say it's important to pay attention at railroad crossings.

"The old adage: stop look and listen at all the train crossings to make sure nothing is coming," said Morristown Police Captain Charles Letterman.



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