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Bible School Van Crash Kills 1

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Lauren Fernandez2 years ago

One adult was killed in Ohio when a Bible school van crashed into a moving train.

About the Fatal Accident

While transporting students to the Church at Mayfield in Middletown, Ohio, a Bible school van crashed through a railway-crossing gate and into the side of a moving freight train on the evening of Tuesday, July 28, reports FOX News. The crash killed one adult female passenger and injured the van diver and nine children.

Jan Martin, 62, was in the front passenger seat of the van and died 2 hours after the accident in Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. Nine children, ranging in age from 7 to 10 years of age, were transported to hospitals along with the female van driver, also 62. None of their injuries were deemed life threatening.

Investigators are trying to determine why the driver crashed the 2002 Ford passenger van through crossing gates and into the train. Ohio State Highway Patrol say that the gates were down and warning lights were activated at the crossing in Middletown as the van approached it.

Railroad Crossing Collision Statistics

  • The United States Federal Railroad Administration’s (part of the U.S. Department of Transportation) highway-rail crossing data shows that the number of collisions, fatalities, and injuries have fallen significantly between 1981 and 2014.
  • 1,985 collisions occurred at highway-rail crossings in 2012.
  • Highway-rail crossings in 2012 saw 230 fatalities and 975 injuries.
  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3 of 4 crossing crashes occur within 25 miles of a motorist’s home. 50% of all crashes occur within 5 miles.
  • The NHTSA reports that a motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a collision involving a train than in a collision with another motor vehicle. 


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