(Arlington, Ohio – July 22, 2012)
The 46-year-old female driver of a 2007 Jeep Commander was severely injured Sunday afternoon just after 4:00 P.M. when she collided with a CSX train she never saw or heard at the dangerous, unguarded crossing of Hancock County, OH CR 26 (Baker Road) and CSX railroad tracks just north of Arlington, OH.
Julie Ernest, 46, a resident of Arcadia, OH, was eastbound on County Road 26 when she struck the side of the locomotive of the train at the crossing, which is equipped only with standard, passive railroad crossbuck signs, lacking any active protective devices such as flashing lights, bells or crossing gates, the likes of which have been proven to be over 90% effective in preventing crossing accidents.
The victim was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, OH, where was admitted in undisclosed condition.
As Hancock County Sheriff’s officers investigated the accident, a pickup truck struck a parked vehicle involved in the investigatory process.