Teens killed in grinding train crash
Free Press Report
FARMLAND, IN - No immediate answer was available for why a care load of teenagers drove into a speeding train killing two and injuring a third early Sunday morning.
Town Marshall Melvin Nott called the deaths of Kristen N, Kiser, 17, Farmland, and Amber Morrow, 17, of Windsor, a tragedy as fellow students grieved at nearby Monroe Central Junior Senior High School. A third victim, Joshua M.Ponder, 18, remained in fair condition after airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when a car apparently driven by Kiser slammed into a CSX train as flashing signals warned of the oncoming danger.
Nott has no answer to why the teenagers blew through the crossing headed north on Plum Street and hit the westbound engine. A video from the engine will be reviewed.
Some residents called for more rail safety devices since Farmland has three crossings and only the one where the fatality occurred is protected..
And hundreds turned out to mourn the loss of the teenagers at the high school Monday night. Amid prayers and tears, there was still no answer to how the deadly crash occurred.