The Emporia Gazette

A 26-year-old Emporia woman sustained serious injuries after a train crashed into her 2001 Chevy Tahoe Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 3:19 p.m., Lyon County EMS, Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the 1600 block of Road T for reports of a train vs. vehicle collision.

Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope said Samantha Vargas was driving southbound on Road T, east of Emporia, and did not yield at the railroad crossing. Her vehicle was then struck by an eastbound cargo train.

“The vehicle rolled a couple times and has major damage,” Cope said. “She was extricated from the vehicle with serious injuries and taken by LifeSave to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.”

Vargas was not wearing a seatbelt. Her condition is currently unknown.

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