Railroad News

Two Die, One Hurt At Dangerous, Unguarded Indiana CSX Crossing

(Jamestown, Indiana – August 2, 2011)

Two elderly women died and a third was seriously injured when their 2005 Chevrolet Impala was struck by an eastbound CSX train at the dangerous, unmarked crossing of Boone County Line Road and CSX Railroad tracks at the edge of Jamestown, IN Tuesday afternoon.

The train, hauling 22 cars bound for Pittsburgh, PA, was travelling at 34 mph at impact, and overturned the car carrying Alice Schooler, 80, and Patricia Manion, 72, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene, and Joan Gochenour, 81, who was seriously injured and was airlifted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.

The crossing is protected only by passive crossbuck signs, and is not equipped with any electronic devices such as lights, bells or gates. The engineer told Hendricks County Sheriff’s officers that “as he approached the intersection, he was activating his horn several times, numerous times, as he approached, and that the vehicle failed to stop.”