(Montpelier, Indiana – September 3, 2011)
A mother and her 10-month-old son were killed Saturday morning about 11:22 A.M. when the car they were riding in was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train at a the crossing of NS railroad tracks and North High Street in Montpelier, IN.
Kristen Janero, 22, of Montpelier and her infant son, Xander Janero, were riding in a car driven by Rodney Brown, 29, with his wife, Angela Brown, 26, both of Montpelier. Both the Janero’s were thrown from the vehicle on impact, and they were pronounced dead at the scene while the Brown’s were both transported to a Fort Wayne, IN hospital in stable condition.
Montpelier Mayor James McPherson called the High Street crossing, which does have lights and bells, which police said were functioning properly, “the most dangerous intersection in Montpelier.”
“We’ve got two streets in Montpelier that don’t have gates, and I’ve been on the railroad constantly for the last 10 years trying to get gates and I’m not getting anywhere. So maybe now, unfortunately after this accident, we can get somewhere,” he said. “This is probably the worst intersection we’ve got in Montpelier because we’ve got another building right over to the side and if you’re headed west, which they were, you can’t see the train coming until you’re actually up near the track here.”