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Four Killed in Car, Train Collision

February 3, 2001

CHATFIELD, Ohio (AP) _ A car plowed into the side of a moving train early Saturday at a crossing marked by flashing lights, and the vehicle was dragged and then struck by a second train traveling in the opposite direction. All four people in the car were killed.

Crawford County Sheriff’s officials said the car driven by John W. Moore, 26, of Putnam County, W.Va., struck a northbound Norfolk Southern coal train near Chatfield, about 65 miles north of Columbus.

The automobile hit the 100-car train about three-quarters of the way back from the locomotives and was dragged about a quarter-mile.

The train’s two crew members were unaware of the accident as they stopped to allow a southbound train to pass. That second train, loaded with grain, struck the car pinned by the first train.

Sheriff’s officials wouldn’t speculate on how fast Moore was going.

The crossing, on a state highway, is marked by flashing lights but no gates. Authorities said the lights were working at the time of the crash.

Frank Brown, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern, which owns both trains and the tracks, said the train that Moore hit was moving slowly because it was preparing to stop. He didn’t yet know the speed of the 105-car southbound train.

``We’re still investigating who on the trains might have seen what and what steps they took,″ Brown said.

The sheriff’s office identified the other victims as Moore’s wife, Shona Marie, 24; his twin brother, Jim, 26, of Chatfield; and Jim Moore’s fiance, Denise Salyer, 25, of Willard.

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