Train hits vehicle at grade crossing with possible gates malfunction

HAMMOND — Authorities are investigating a possible railroad crossing malfunction after a train struck a vehicle Thursday night, police said. 

At 4:45 p.m., first responders were called to the crash at a train crossing at 169th Street and Alabama Avenue, said Lt. Hammond Steve Kellogg. 

The crash was low-speed and no one was injured, police reported. 

Witnesses told police that the gates at the crossing were not properly working, Kellogg said. Police were investigating to determine the official cause of the crash. 

The involved railroad is owned by Norfolk Southern. 

Train crossings east of Kennedy Avenue were shut down for several hours for the investigation. Drivers were advised to seek alternative routes Thursday evening. 

The crossing at Osborne Avenue in Hammond and crossings in Gary remain open.

Very fortunate no one was inured in this accident. The warning gates at this railroad grade crossing may have malfunctioned resulting in no warning for oncoming traffic. This is another warning that you should always check for oncoming trains even with warning gates as they could malfunction.

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