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Freight train hits an SUV in Hyattsville

This post has been updated. Most recent update: 11:15 a.m.

A northbound freight train hit an SUV in Hyattsville on Tuesday morning, sending one woman to the hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

A CSX train hit an S.U.V. in the 4500 block of Decatur Street at 10 a.m., said Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman.

The SUV was moved 25 to 30 feet beyond the crossing before stopping, Brady said. The car was on its side next to the lead train when firefighters arrived, and a woman in her 30s was trapped in the vehicle.

Firefighters removed parts of the car and pulled her out, and she has been taken to a nearby hospital with “serious but what appear to be non-life threatening injuries,” Brady said.

The 4500 block of Decatur Street is closed and the train remains in place while the Hyattsville City Police Department investigates what happened.

The CSX freight train originated in Jacksonville, Fla., and was bound for North Bergen, N.J. It had three locomotives and 22 cars, according to CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan.

Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.

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