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Woman thrown from car dies, hit by train

| Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002

An Aliquippa woman's body was dragged by a train after she crashed her car through a guardrail and was thrown onto the track early Wednesday morning.

Diane Midzianowsky, 46, of Aliquippa, died from injuries she received from being thrown out of her car, according to Beaver County Deputy Coroner Wayne Tatalovich Jr.

At 3:23 a.m. Wednesday, a CSX employee on the train spotted Midzianowsky's car in a ravine next to the train track and her body lying on the track, Aliquippa police said.

Employees tried to stop the train, but police found the woman's body underneath one of the train cars. Investigators believe she had been dragged 75 feet before the train was stopped, police said.

Investigators said they believe Midzianowsky was driving northbound on a rain-slicked Route 51 and lost control of her car. Her car crashed into the guardrail and went over an embankment, and she was thrown 50 feet onto the track.

Wayne Tatalovich Sr., Beaver County coroner, said he had never heard of such an unusual accident.

"It seemed to be a shot in a million," he said. "It was a freak accident for her to land on the train tracks, but I have seen many people die after their car hydroplaned along that stretch of road."

An autopsy was expected to be completed by last night.

Aliquippa police and CSX transportation police still are investigating the accident.

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