Young Driver Killed in Collision with Train

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RAVENNA, OH — A 15-year-old female was killed Sunday evening after her car collided with a train.

It happened just before 6:00 p.m. at South Prospect Street and Summit Road.

According to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, the teen had just received her learner’s permit and was in the car with her father and four sisters.

Portage County Sheriff’s Office officials believe the teenager panicked as the train was approaching. They tell FOX 8 News that the tracks did not have gates or signals.

The teen’s father was taken to Robinson Memorial Hospital; the sisters were transported to Akron Children’s Hospital. Their conditions have not been released.

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22 comments

  • Marley

    I am so sorry to hear about this terrible loss for our entire community! I am wondering if road construction may have played a role in this accident? Very unlikely place to be unless you know someone who lives beyond the tracks. Praying for this family tonight.

  • Hope App

    Prayers are with the family and driveway or rd it should ha e had lights.nonetheless my heart goes out to my cousin and may my dear girl rest in peace

  • Sue Cox

    I am so sorry to hear about this. This child might be alive right now if there had been signals at this crossing. 3 people might not be in the hospital tonight if there had been signals at this crossing. I am sorry for the loss to this family. I hope dad and the sisters, will be on the mend ASAP.

  • Jake

    This girl touched the lives of so many people around her. She was the best friend I could have ever asked for. RIP and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Rose Hromi

    Prayers for the family. This is a very close knit family. It is a devasting loss. Please pray for all.

  • Amy Ullman

    Such a sad story. Really hits home, my soon to be 16 yr old daughter is learning to drive and it scares me. Prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

  • Jayson Rulo

    I think people who are saying there should be crossing arms and lights should have to pay for them. If you can’t see a 225 ton locomotive coming and hear the train horn then something is wrong. It is sad that she was fatally injured. Did she stop on the tracks or what? Lights and gates haven’t always prevented tragedies like this. Remember the ignorant driver that drove around the gates and was hit by an Amtrak train killing all in the car.

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