(Custar, Ohio — April 19, 2012)
A 71-year-old female resident of Deshler, OH died about 9:24 A.M. Thursday morning as a result of a collision at a dangerous, unguarded rural crossing in Milton Township, OH between the vehicle she was driving and a southwest-bound CSX freight train.
Joanna Naylor was driving north on Roundhead Road when she was hit by the train at the crossing of CSX Railroad tracks which has only standard, passive railroad crossbuck signs to indicate a railroad crossing exists, and lacks any form of automatic protection such as flashing lights, bells or gates. According to Federal Railroad Administration grade crossing inventory statistics, as many as 68 freight and passenger (Amtrak) trains traverse the crossing daily at speeds of up to 79 mph.
The victim was airlifted to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, OH, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn charged that the victim "failed to yield" for the train.