Motorist killed in train-car crash
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Motorist killed in train-car crash near Belle Glade

A 61-year-old woman died early Friday when she tried to beat an approaching train that struck her mini-van.

The crash happened at 7:30 a.m. at Southern Boulevard and West Sugar House Road, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Don DeLucia said.

Arlene J. Gallo, of Lehigh Acres, was driving a 2007 Honda Odyssey east on Southern Boulevard.

A U.S. Sugar train hauling 29 empty train cars was heading south on the tracks, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report.

The red flashing lights, audible signal and the crossing arm were all activated while the train was approaching.

The front of the train hit the driver’s side of the Odyssey. Gallo was pronounced dead at the scene.

Driving the train was 64-year-old Leland F. Webster of Okeechobee. He and his 60-year-old passenger, Merle W. Phillips, also of Okeechobee, were not injured in the crash, the report says.

The train was stopped on the tracks blocking both eastbound and westbound lanes of Southern Boulevard, also known as State Road 80, for more than two hours.

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