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Injured in car-train collision, Salem woman dies

Injured in car-train collision, Salem woman dies



A Salem woman whose car collided with a train last month died Sunday from her injuries, a friend confirmed.

April Hartsook, 38, was hurt in a Sept. 24 crash when her car was crossing railroad tracks in Troutville, according to statements at the time from Norfolk Southern, police and Hartsook’s family.

She lingered in a coma in Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

After the wreck, friends described her as devoted to her 17-year-old daughter and 21-year-old son.

An online fundraiser that was begun to help pay for her recovery will now go toward her children’s needs, organizer Jackie Sutliff said Sunday.

In a message shared on the fundraiser page at, Sutliff said it had been a long, hard journey since the accident and thanked those who had supported Hartsook.

Staff writer Alicia Petska contributed to this report.


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