91-Year-Old Driver Injured In Avon Crash With Commuter Rail Train

AVON (CBS) – A 91-year-old driver was injured Thursday in a crash involving a Commuter Rail train on the Middleboro/Lakeville line.

Police say the car had pulled onto the tracks at the railroad crossing on East High Street in Avon (Map It) as a commuter train was bearing down. The driver has been identified as Ann Kireilis, of Brockton.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

The conductor told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens that the gates were down at the crossing and the lights were flashing.

From Carl Stevens Journal: The crash scene

It’s unclear how badly the driver was injured.  Emergency crews at the scene say she was taken to the hospital, but was conscious and alert. No one onboard the train was hurt.

Carl Stevens’ Raw interview with Conductor Clarence Johnson

The MBTA said riders could expect residual delays on the Middleboro/Lakeville line.

Web Extra: Skyeye over the scene

As of 2 p.m. on Thursday those delays were averaging about 25-30 minutes. The cause of the accident remained under investigation.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

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  • 1stackmack

    Well,at least you can’t blame this one on the t.but the idiot who thinks he or she can beat a train to a crossing.

  • Cynic

    The Trains win EVERYTIME. On the other hand considering to drivers age could a Medical emergency be a factor?

  • WesWelkerFan

    When are people going to learn! When the bells sound and the light flash and the gates are down THE ROAD IS CLOSED! You stop and wait for the train to pass. Who do these people think they are??????? Nothing makes me more mad then people who play chicken with a train.

  • Cynic

    The Gate looks like it is up.

    • John

      The crossing gates can be manually overridden at their control box. I would imagine that the emergency responders did this so they wouldn’t have to listen to the crossing bell while they were working.

  • macmum

    Another disoriented elderly person that should not be on the road..I hope she’s okay cause it’s apparent her car isn’t.l

  • Cynic

    Earlier reports said that she was 75……Now it says she’s 91….That makes it a whole ‘nuther ballgame.

  • Anna

    Thank God she is ok but really to try to bet a train. thats insane

    • Anna

      Thank God she is ok but really to try to beat a train,. Thats Insane!

  • chrissie

    Perhaps she had a medical emergency when she was crossing BEFORE the gates went down and then they went down and she couldn’t go anywhere. Everyone assumes it’s just some old person who shouldn’t be driving…

  • Vera Carroll

    91 and still driving – time to give it up

  • Mary

    Ann was a lovely, vibrant lady. I don’t appreciate those who can just sit at a computer and say she was an “idiot”. She would never have tried to beat the train. She cared too much about others. Her doctors had told her many times she was in amazing health, better than many young people. So stop all the judging and realize that her family is in enormous pain right now, as Ann has passed on to be with her Lord. May God forgive the meanness I am seeing in some of these comments.

  • Think before you write...

    I wish that people would think before they comment with hurtful and mean comments. “The cost to tax payers” and “inconvenience to commuters”?! Is that all you think about? This poor woman did not make it – she died. You did not know her. You did not know her mental status or physical status, so please do not speculate and comment on it. You get nothing from writing these comments – so why do it? This poor woman died and her family is already hurt enough – now they have to read your trashy comments? Please, grow up. How would you feel if someone wrote these things about your grandmother after she passed away in an accident? Thank you, Mary, for having compassion. I knew Ann, too, and I agree.

  • Becky Corbett

    Amen to the last 2 commenters! I did not know this woman, but she sounds like she was a lovely person. I work on a Truama Unit, and accidents happen for various reasons. Many times we will not know or understand how an accident occurs. To the negative commenters- negativity does not help any situation.

  • Elizabeth

    I knew Mrs. Kirelsis, and she was a nice, kind woman, and I shall miss her, she was my nieghbor and I am very sad to hear that she is gone. She would never have been one to jump in front of a train to take it on. She probably paniiced, a train was coming right at her. She will be missed.

  • http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/03/18/brockton-woman-dies-after-mbta-commuter-train-crash-in-avon/ Brockton Woman Dies After MBTA Commuter Train Crash In Avon « CBS Boston

    […] Investigators said the crossing lights were flashing and the gates were down when Kireilis pulled her car into the path of an oncoming train. […]

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