Driver walks away from van-train crash
Monday, August 26, 2013 7:43 AM
COLUMBUS GROVE - At approximately 8:48 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office received a call reporting a car versus train accident on W. Sycamore Street. Columbus Grove Police Department, EMS and Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.
A vehicle driven by Gary Long of Pandora sustained heavy damage Monday morning when it struck a train.
The Columbus Grove Police Department, along with Sgt. B. Siefker from the Putnam Country Sheriff's Office, handled the investigation. The driver, Gary Long (70) from Pandora was westbound on W. Sycamore Street when he approached the railroad crossing, the gates were down and the lights were activated. The driver attempted to cross the railroad over into the parking lot of Auto-Go when the vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Caravan was struck by a northbound train.
The Caravan received heavy damage and the train engine received minor damage. The driver was transported to St. Rita's Hospital by Columbus Grove EMS for evaluation, but he did walk away from the vehicle under his own power. The driver will be cited for failure to comply with the railroad crossing signals.