Train-car fatal accident

One person was killed and two others injured in a Wednesday morning train-car collision in Opelika. (Photo courtesy of Opelika Police Department)

A 62-year-old woman is dead and a 36-year-old and a 3-year-old, both females, are injured following a vehicle-train crash Wednesday morning in Opelika.

Valerie Joyce White, of Opelika, was killed when her vehicle collided with a train shortly after 9 a.m. at Old Columbus Road and Chewacla Road, Opelika police Capt. Shane Healey and Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said.

White was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 36-year-old was taken to Columbus, Georgia, for treatment of serious injuries and is in critical condition, Harris said.

The 3-year-old also was taken to Columbus for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery, Healey said.

All three victims are from Opelika and are related, Harris said.

Police believe the vehicle was trying to beat the train across the train tracks but ended up colliding with the train.

Police are not sure how fast the train was traveling at the time of the crash but do not believe it was traveling too fast due to the curvature of the tracks ahead of the crash site, Healey said.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. ​

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