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Car And Train Collide In Wabash, 1 Person Dead

Last updated on Friday, November 2, 2012

(WABASH COUNTY) - A train and car accident in Wabash killed one person Thursday morning.

According to David Pidgeon, manager of public relations for Norfolk Southern, the incident happened at around 11:30 a.m. at the Fisher Street crossing.

According to the police report, Luther Steele, Jr., 63, of Wabash, was driving northbound at the Fisher Street intersection when he failed to yield the right of way to a train traveling westbound.

The train engineer, Theodore Cocolin, said the train's lights were on and the bell was working. He could not stop the train to avoid hitting Steele's vehicle.

Cocolin said the train was traveling at 38 mph at the time of the incident.

Police said there are no crossing arms at the intersection but the rail road crossing warning signal on the south side of the intersection was working properly. The crossing on the north side of the intersection had been hit by Steele's vehicle and the signal pole had been knocked down.

Police said the train engineer showed no signs of impairment.

According to the Wabash County Coroner, Steele was pronounced dead at the scene.

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