A Lodi woman was taken into custody Friday afternoon after she allegedly crashed her car into a train, sending her young daughter to the hospital.
According to the Lodi Police Department, at approximately 2:05 p.m. Lodi resident Christine Leach, 42, had been stopped in her white Chevrolet Malibu behind several vehicles that were going west on Pine Street at the railroad tracks in Downtown Lodi. The crossing arms were down.
The train had been heading north for about a minute, and approximately 42 rail cars had already passed.
According to witnesses, Leach pulled out of the line of cars, stepped on the gas, and drove her Malibu west in the eastbound lane, accelerating into the train.
“She looked left, then right, and just sped right toward the train,” Jerry Zazzarino said, who was in his car directly behind Leach when she pulled out of the car line. “I didn’t know what she was thinking.”
In a statement, police say the train’s engineer was unaware that a car had driven into the train, and continued north.
Leach’s five-year-old daughter, who was sitting in the back seat at the time of the accident, sustained unknown injuries and was airlifted to a hospital.
Lt. Tod Patterson of the Lodi Police Department said that as of press time, it was possible that the child would be released from the hospital as early as this morning.
Leach was arrested at the scene for attempted homicide and taken into custody. According to Patterson, Leach was in custody Friday evening.
The investigation is continuing, and as of this time it is unknown if drugs and/or alcohol are factors.
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