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Woman narrowly escapes train collision

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 63-year-old Oklahoma woman in town to visit her son narrowly escaped injury when her rental car became stuck on train tracks in San Diego thanks to bad directions she received from the vehicle's GPS feature, authorities said Thursday.

The rented 2009 Hyundai Accent was struck in the rear by a Coaster train at 3298 Kettner Blvd. around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego County sheriff's Sgt. Darrell Strohl.

A short time earlier, the woman had just arrived in San Diego and rented the vehicle to drive to her son's house, Strohl said.

It was wet and dark outside, and the GPS directed the woman to turn left onto the railway, which she believed was a street, he said, adding that the car became stuck on some gravel.

The woman then heard the sound of an oncoming train and got out of the car, according to the sergeant.

No one was injured but the Coaster train sustained minor damage and the rental car sustained major damage, he said.

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