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Woman charged with DWI after train strikes SUV in North Tonawanda

NORTH TONAWANDA - A Saratoga County woman who got her SUV stuck on railroad tracks but escaped before the vehicle was hit by a train on Tuesday night faces a driving while intoxicated charge, according to North Tonawanda police.

At about 10:30 p.m., Devon DiPasquale was trying to turn right from Ward Road onto River Road, but instead pulled onto railroad tracks and drove about 80 feet before her SUV got stuck, North Tonawanda Police Detective Capt. Thomas E. Krantz said.

DiPasquale called 911 and told emergency responders she saw a train coming down the tracks towards her vehicle. Authorities called CSX to alert the train operator but CSX officials were unable to stop the train, Krantz said.

DiPasquale got out of the vehicle and got her two dogs out before the train struck her SUV.

DiPasquale is from Burnt Hills, a hamlet about 8 miles northeast of Schenectady. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and blocking a railroad crossing, Krantz said.

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