A car jumped over the CSX-Buckingham Branch tracks the morning of June 5, a highly unusual occurrence. On a typical day thousands of vehicles go under the tracks via Franklin Street between Carlton Avenue and Market Street, no one goes over.
Sources speculate the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed north on Franklin. At an estimated 80 mph the car blew through the stop sign , mowed through vegetation, went up the 45% incline, jumped the railroad tracks and was stopped suddenly on the north side of the embankment by a 12″ diameter tree.
Nigel Wood Tree Service loaned 4×8 poly-carbonate sheets to the homeowner enabling Charlottesville Wrecker’s recovery of the vehicle without damage to the turf.
2012 Buick Regal
Air bags protect the passengers, trees protect the house. No word on the current condition of the vehicle’s occupants.


Line lived on Rosni Farm, she lived near McCoy, she lived in Wake Forest, she lived in the Glendale neighborhood of Jacksonville, she lived in downtown Quincy Florida, she lived in Albemarle County. She swam in the James, the Rapidan, the St. Johns, the New and the Apalachicola rivers. She went to ground in Charlottesville, beneath a Japanese maple from my natal home.
Yesterday Matilda and I visited Line’s Charlottesville veterinarian. The DVM is retiring at month’s end following near 50 years healing animals. A good life and a great gift to this community.