New Castle News

September 12, 2012

Train hits unoccupied minivan

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — No injuries were reported when a train hit an unoccupied minivan in Taylor Township.

The CSX train operator, Anthony M. Cialella Jr., 48, of 1511 Grove Ave., was heading south and tried to stop the train near Ninth Street about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Cialella told police the back of the train “kicked up,” causing it to rock. It hit the open door of a minivan driven by Michael Pavkovich of 333 Line Ave., Ellwood City.

The van is owned by Professional Transportation Inc. of Evansville, Ill.

Pavkovich told police the van was where he had been directed to park. It was unoccupied, but the driver’s side door was open and Pavkovich was standing near the rear hatch when the train hit and bent the door, shattering the window glass.

The 15,883-ton train was pulling 113 full cars and 35 empty cars. It is 8,924 feet long and has 592 axles.

Police said the incident will be handled between the two companies.