Car and train collide in Wabash, 1 person dead


Uploaded by wane on 01.11.2012

Transcript:
POLICE SAY THE DRIVER OF AN SUV
FAILED TO YIELD AT A RAILROAD
CROSSING,
AND GOT HIT BY A TRAIN.
NEWSCHANNEL 15 FOUND BOTH
NEIGHBORS AND POLICE..
WHO SAY
THAT INTERSECTION NEEDS TO BE
MADE SAFER.
ADAM WIDENER HAS BEEN DIGGING
DEEPER AND JOINS US WITH THE
LATEST.
FOLKS IN WABASH SAY IT'S A
COMMON PROBLEM:
DRIVERS TRYING TO BEAT THE TRAIN
AT ONE OF THE MANY CROSSINGS.
ALTHOUGH IT'S UNCLEAR WHY THE
63-YEAR-OLD MAN FAILED TO STOP
AS
THE TRAIN APPROACHED.
IT HAS FOLKS RAISING THE
QUESTION, SHOULD MORE BE DONE TO
PREVENT FUTURE TRAGIC ACCIDENTS?
<...NATS-TRAIN APPROACHING IT'S
A FAMILIAR SOUND ACROSS THE
SMALL TOWN OF WABASH.
ONE THAT PROVED FATAL FOR AN
ELDERLY DRIVER THURSDAY MORNING.
36:26-TIMOTHY BUTTS/NEIGHBOR-I
COULD HEAR HIM REALLY LAY ON THE
WHISTLE AND BEGIN TO SLOW DOWN
AND I
HEARD A LOUD THUMP, A VERY
RESONANT ONE, AND I THOUGHT HE
HIT
SOMETHING.
NATS--TRAIN CROSSING
POLICE SAY AROUND 11:30,
63-YEAR-OLD LUTHER STEELE JR.
WAS TRAVELING
NORTHBOUND ON FISHER STREET.
THE TRAIN'S CONDUCTOR SAID
STEELE'S BLUE CHEVY BLAZER BEGAN
TO CROSS THE TRACKS WHEN IT WAS
TOO
LATE.
STEELE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD
AT THE SCENE.
58:14-GREGORY MUSIC/WABASH
POLICE-WE HAD NO WITNESS WHO SAW
THE COLLISION OTHER THAN THE
ENGINEER
AND THE CONDUCTOR OF THE TRAIN
AND THEY HAD NO IDEA WHY HE
WOULDN'T
HAVE STOPPED.
STANDUP
2:11-WABASH POLICE SAY THE
INTERSECTION IN THIS MORNING'S
ACCIDENT DID NOT HAVE THOSE
CROSSING ARMS.
IT'S A SAFETY PRECAUTION
THAT POSSIBLY COULD HAVE
PREVENTED THE CRASH.
01:26-MUSIC-WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE
THE CROSSING ARMS THAT COME
DOWN, PEOPLE
WILL LOOK AND THINK THEY CAN
BEAT THE TRAIN ACROSS.
01:38-MUSIC-I WOULD RECOMMEND
THAT THEY WERE ON EVERY
INTERSECTION
TIMOTHY BUTTS LIVES RIGHT NEXT
TO THE RAILROAD CROSSING.
AND AGREES THE CROSS ARMS ARE
NECESSARY FOR SAFER
INTERSECTIONS.
39:02-BUTTS-I THINK THERE SHOULD
BE
CROSSING ARMS WHEREVER THERE'S
TRAFFIC IN TOWN.
I UNDERSTAND NOT
OUT IN THE COUNTRY, BUT WHEN YOU
HAVE 13 CROSSINGS IN A CITY OF
WHAT 16,000
PEOPLE, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE A
GOOD IDEA...
ONCE AGAIN, IT'S UNCLEAR WHY
STEELE FAILED TO YIELD AT THE
CROSSING.
LIGHTS AT THE CROSSING WERE
FLASHING, BUT WERE DAMAGED IN
THE
CRASH.
NORFOLK SOUTHERN CREWS WORKED TO
FIX THEM THIS EVENING.
HEATHER?