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Railroad crossing where 4 died being modified

In Columbia Station, Ohio, a railroad crossing where four high school students died in a car accident is the scene of a $450,000 modification project to reduce the slope going towards the steep crossing. It is hoped the modifications will prevent future accidents. The four who died all attended Brunswick High School. Many young motorists in the past viewed the road near the crossing as a place to jump their cars and drive at a high rate of speed. Speeding is known to be connected with many Ohio car accidents, particularly fatal ones.

The fatal accident at the crossing occurred over a year ago, on June 3, 2012. It took the life of the 18-year-old male driver, an 18-year-old male passenger, a 17-year-old male passenger, and a 16-year-old female passenger. Another female passenger was injured and treated at a local medical center. The two older boys in the car were scheduled to attend their own high school graduation later that same day.

According to police, the car they were traveling in accelerated to 69 mph before becoming airborne as it passed over the tracks. The driver lost control when the car landed. The car then swerved around both left and right before plowing into a tree and then turning over, landing on its roof.

Investigators do not believe alcohol played a role in causing the accident. The female passenger who survived was wearing her seat belt, as were the driver and one male passenger. The other passengers were not wearing their seat belts, and both died.

If you have been injured in a car accident or have lost a loved one in an accident due to another's reckless or negligent behavior, consider consulting an experienced Ohio lawyer to learn more about a possible personal injury accident lawsuit.

Source:, "Crews set to finish work on crossing where 4 Brunswick High students died" John Caniglia, Aug. 12, 2013

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