PennDOT and local authorities are investigating a fatal crash that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 30, between a train and car at the North Railroad Street crossing in Palmyra.

Lebanon County Department of Emergency Services logs indicate that the crash occurred shortly before 8:15 a.m.

A westbound Norfolk Southern train struck a northbound Jeep Liberty at the crossing, killing one occupant, identified so far as a 63-year-old woman, according to WGAL.

PennDOT said in a release that Palmyra police believe the railroad crossing gates were working at the time of the incident.

Multiple police and fire authorities responded to the scene, along with Lebanon County Coroner Dr. Jeff Yocum. Portions of North Railroad and North Forge streets were closed for a few hours following the incident.

“Any loss of life is a tragedy – our thoughts are with this person’s family during this difficult time,” said Norfolk Southern in a statement released to WGAL. “This is an incredibly unfortunate reminder that railroad crossings can be uniquely dangerous places that always beg extra caution and respect of any signals.”

Norfolk Southern and police are continuing to investigate.


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