The Ayer Police Department put this photo of the car on freight/commuter rail lines on Facebook.
The Ayer Police Department put this photo of the car on freight/commuter rail lines on Facebook.

AYER -- There's always motorists who question directions their GPS is giving them.

Perhaps a local woman who drove her station wagon onto active railroad tracks late Wednesday evening should have done that.

According to an Ayer Police Department post on Facebook, Pan Am Railways called the local police department at about midnight to report a vehicle traveling eastbound on nearby railroad tracks.

The operator of the vehicle later dialed 911 as officers were responding to the Pan Am call and all rail lines had been stopped.

The operator told emergency officials she became stuck on train tracks near the Sandy Pond railroad crossing after her GPS told her to turn onto the tracks.

Though she tried to drive forward on her impromptu route, her vehicle's undercarriage suffered major damage and she could not back off the tracks. Police found her 75 feet east of the Sandy Road crossing with no injuries and a tow truck was called to move the vehicle out of the way.

The post on social media did not identify the driver.

Police said that the incident is currently under investigation by Officers George Fichter and Stephen Lucier, who could not be reached for comment.


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