A collision between a car and train on Thursday night caused traffic headaches for east end motorists and resulted in a careless driving charge for an Ancaster woman.

Around 8 p.m., a vehicle driving northbound at Cochrane Road approached the rail tracks near Dunkirk Drive while the warning lights were flashing.

Police said the driver ignored the signal, assuming the lights were malfunctioning, and proceeded to cross the tracks.

A train going 45 km/h immediately struck the vehicle, which suffered extensive damage in the crash.

The car’s driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to hospital.

The locomotive, police say, was towing 99 cars. The train, totalling hundreds of metres in length, cutting off traffic at several major crossings in Hamilton’s east end.

Police later charged the driver, a 47-year-old Ancaster woman, with careless driving in the incident.