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Woman killed after train hits van

A 31-year-old Camden, Ohio, woman was killed when the van she was driving was hit by a train. The accident occurred just as she was attempting to go into her home's driveway. The Norfolk Southern freight train was traveling on tracks at a private crossing. At the time, another train was stopped on the tracks, which may have prevented the woman from seeing the moving train. The woman was accustomed to crossing the railroad tracks daily to get to her home. Her eight-year-old son was in the vehicle and was also injured, but his injuries were not life threatening.

Investigators did not indicate how fast the train was going at the time of the accident. The tracks at that location are supposed to enable the train to travel at speeds of up to 60 mph. The accident occurred shortly before 7:35 p.m. To notify motorists of an oncoming train, engineers are required to blow the train's horn when traveling towards a private crossing, and it is not known whether that was done prior to the accident.

If the horn was not sounded, the railroad could very well face a wrongful death and personal injury lawsuit, as such a failure could make an accident foreseeable. As in many Ohio car accidents, a thorough investigation is being conducted. This is always done when deaths or serious bodily injuries occur.

The woman who was killed was a volunteer at Camden Primary school and helped to plan the kindergarten graduation ceremony. At the time of the accident, she was returning from visiting a relative. Her husband, at the time of the crash, was mowing the lawn at the couple's house, and witnessed the accident, as did the couple's other two children.

Source:, "Mom killed in Camden car-train crash identified" No author given, Aug. 28, 2013

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