Alcohol Suspected in Car-Train Crash

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ERIE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Two people were hurt when a car slammed into the side of a train late Thursday night in Ottawa County.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a 35-year-old Lacarne man was driving south on Tettau Road, when he failed to stop at the railroad crossing and struck a train.

The car was then pushed into the railroad crossing sign, where it came to a stop.

The 35-year-old driver was taken to an area hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. His passenger, a 32-year-old Port Clinton man, was flown by LifeFlight to St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, where he is listed in stable condition.

The train sustained minor damage. Its crew members were uninjured.

The railroad crossing lights and gates were working properly at the time of the crash, OSHP stated in a news release.

Troopers say alcohol appears to be a factor, although the accident is still under investigation.