The Herald Bulletin

November 21, 2013

Car stranded on railroad tracks

Sheriff: Woman follows boyfriend after argument

By Traci L. Moyer
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — A woman who argued with her boyfriend accidentally jammed her vehicle on a section of railroad tracks when she tried to follow him.

Stephanie J. Finney, 20, was cited with a Class B misdemeanor for unauthorized use of a railroad right of way on Thursday, Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said.

The Sheriff’s Department received a call at 4:34 p.m. regarding a 1999 Ford Escort being stranded on the railroad tracks at 50 West and Hartman Road near Indiana Christian Academy.

Finney and her boyfriend had argued at a location not far from the academy when he left on foot headed south toward Anderson, said Richardson. Finney followed the man in her car.

“She drove her vehicle through a yard and onto the tracks in an attempt to follow him,” he said.

Norfolk Southern Railroad was contacted and all trains were stopped to the area until the vehicle could be removed from the tracks, the sheriff said. A wrecker was eventually able to remove the car, but traffic on Hartman was temporarily disrupted. 

Officers cleared the scene at 5:27 p.m. Richardson said the railroad will inspect the tracks for damage before trains use the railway. Additional action could be taken by the railroad against Finney, he said.

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