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Train hits car in Macedon, driver charged

Posted at: 02/14/2013 10:05 PM
Updated at: 02/15/2013 11:22 AM

Police have charged the driver whose vehicle got stuck on railroad tracks and was hit by an Amtrak train. It happened around 8 p.m. at the crossing on Quaker Road in Macedon.

The driver and his three passengers were able to get to safety before the train hit the car.
 
Daniel Drake, 38 of Fairport, is charged with failure to keep right after he drove off Quaker Road and his car got stuck on the tracks. The train couldn't stop in time and hit the car, splitting it in half.

There were 87 people onboard the train. No one was injured. The passengers were put on buses to finish their trip to Rochester.

Rail travel was held up for a few hours but was moving again by midnight.

News10NBC has learned this particular railroad crossing is unique because of the way it's contoured. Police tell us they have had similar crashes at this intersection within the past few years.

One reason for increased traffic is that the bridge over the canal was shut down to be repaired/replaced but the state funding was either cut or delayed. Now work won't begin until 2015. Next month, the Wayneport Road Bridge is set to close, increasing traffic over this intersection.

The Macedon Police chief and town supervisor are concerned about public safety.

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