Woman, 84, backs into path of oncoming train while trying to get off tracks

Site of fatal train collision investigation.
Site of fatal train collision investigation.

An 84-year-old Gaston County woman died Monday after backing her car into the path of an ongoing train, reports the Gastonia Police Department.

The victim was identified as Aline Clemmer, of Stanley.

Investigators say the incident happened about 8:14 p.m. Monday, on Cox Road near N.C. 7.

Clemmer was driving a 2010 Hyundai north on Cox Road and entered the railroad crossing behind traffic at the stop light at NC 7, according to witnesses. A Norfolk Southern train was traveling east on the railroad tracks causing the signals and barrier devices to activate.

Investigators said Clemmer backed up onto the rail into the path of the train. She died at the scene, officials said.