Crash with train wrecks car but leaves three uninjured

The Maserati after last week’s car/train collision. Photo courtesy of the minor driver.

MARFA — A dramatic crash last week between a Maserati and a train ripped off the luxury car’s hood but resulted in no deaths or serious injuries.

The crash happened shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 29, on Washington Street just west of Marfa. A minor, then 15 (and now 16) of Waco, was driving a 2014 white Maserati Quattroporte when a train hit the car’s hood, causing it to spin.

The driver “failed to yield” to the train, according to a crash report from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Authorities cited him for stopping, standing or parking on a railroad track. The minor had stopped on the tracks “for fear of scraping in the undercarriage,” the report states. He declined to comment.

With him were two other passengers: Ralph Curton, Jr., 79; and Everson Smith, 20. Authorities initially believed Curton to be the driver, but “further investigation” revealed the minor, who has a learner’s permit, was actually driving the vehicle.

Curton lied to authorities about being the driver but later came clean, according to DPS.

Further charges are possible but next expected. It’s unclear at this time how the occupants of the car were related, and authorities are still investigating the crash.

The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to multiple requests for comment by press time but confirmed on social media that there were no serious injuries.

Sara Button contributed to this report.