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Elk Mound teen hit by train while crossing tracks

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Elk Mound (WQOW) - Earlier this week, a teen was driving her car over railroad tracks in Elk Mound when she was hit by a train.

From their preliminary investigation, Elk Mound police say the 17-year-old was driving too fast for the conditions when she got hit around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Police said the teen was released to a parent on scene but they did not say if she sought medical treatment afterward.

A sergeant with the Wisconsin State Patrol said locomotives need miles to come to a complete stop.

So, if you see the train it is too late for the conductor to stop for you.

"Especially this time of year when conditions on the roadway are slippery, it's going to take you longer to stop if you come to a track," said Sgt. Tim Weiberg. "Then if you determine it's safe enough to travel over, traction of the tires is going to give you a little more problems trying to get going over the tracks."

If you cannot make it over the tracks and get stuck, Weiberg said get everyone out of the car immediately.

There is also an 800 number on the crossing pole to report your accident in addition to 911

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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