Train strikes car in Gaithersburg
Jason Hang was headed home with his two small children just after 7 tonight. As he attempted to cross the train tracks here at Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg, he realized he wasn't moving.
"It just slid on the track,” Hang said. “Trying to get the car out of the track."
Hang believes packed ice on the track immobilized his small hatchback. He quickly got his children out and called for help.
Tow truck driver Tim Denzel happen to be eating dinner just blocks away when he got the emergency call. He rushed over but knew he only had minutes.
"First priority was to get the kids out,” said Denzel. “About to hook the car up, but the train was coming."
But the track was not shutdown and there wasn't enough time for Denzel to pull the car away from danger. He barely had enough time to move his tow truck from the tracks.
Samantha Hang, the terrified wife and mother rushed to the scene. She didn't know what she would find.
"I was freaking out, the first thing I asked was where's the kids,” Samantha Hang said. “The kids are safe"
With the cargo train sitting idle, CSX engineers spent hours investigating exactly what happened. The mangled car was eventually placed on a flat bed and towed away. This after it was launched about a hundred feet.
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