By Donna McCollum - email
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRE) - A former Nacogdoches resident was one of four passengers who survived a train-taxi accident in Houston Saturday night.
Constance Taylor said she had been out of the car about three minutes before she even saw an oncoming train, plus she had about 60 more seconds to avoid any debris from the inevitable wreckage.
According to the KTRK Web site, the accident occurred at Sherwin near Cornish. The cab driver had just picked up his fare when he drove off the road, then became stuck on the train tracks.
The driver told police he missed the road and went onto the tracks because of a small hill, according to KTRK.
Taylor said in an e-mail message Monday that the train slowed down enough to push the car only about 40 yards. The train totaled the car, but pieces did not fly into the air, like one may see on TV.
Taylor said the intersection is dangerous because of the way the road is built with the tracks.