1215 wreck

A child died after being ejected from a minivan near the entrance to Levi Jackson State Park. Police said the van was struck by a northbound train at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

By Fred Petke / Staff Writer

A late night crash with a train killed one child and injured four other people near Levi Jackson State Park Thursday.

Police had not identified the people or obtained their medical conditions at press time. Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Don Trosper confirmed that two children were ejected from the minivan after it was struck by a northbound CSX train. One child was killed. The other one, who was in a car seat, was flown from the scene to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, he said.

KSP Sgt. Steve Walker said an adult was flown from the scene as well. The others were taken to Marymount Medical Center in London.

There was conflicting information at the scene about the victims, whether there were four children and one adult or three children and two adults. Trosper said it appeared they may have been a family.

The Ford Aerostar van was crossing the railroad tracks near the park entrance at approximately 9:30 p.m. when it was struck by the northbound locomotive, Trosper said. The van appeared to have been struck in the left rear corner, and came to rest off the left side of the tracks with severe crash damage.

The crossing had warning lights but no crossbars, Trosper said. Officers were investigating whether the signals were working properly at the time of the crash, he said.

“Sometimes, they don’t take the time to realize the train’s going faster than it is,” Trosper said. “If the signal was working properly, it was disregarding a traffic control device.”

Two accident reconstructionists were investigating the crash Thursday night, along with a number of other officers from several departments.

There was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement at the scene, Trosper said.

Fred Petke can be reached at fpetke@thetimes tribune.com.

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