The Herald Bulletin

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August 6, 2013

1 dead, 2 hurt in van-train crash in SW Indiana

FORT BRANCH, Ind. — A 4-year-old girl has died after her father drove his minivan into the path of a CSX freight train at a southwestern Indiana crossing that has been the site of two other fatal collisions in the last two years, authorities said Tuesday.

Andrea Bullock, of Princeton, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision Tuesday morning near Fort Branch, Gibson County Coroner Barrett Doyle said.

The girl's father, John Bullock, 49, was in stable condition at Evansville Deaconess Hospital after surgery for an arm laceration, Gibson County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Bruce Vanoven said.

Another daughter, 7-year-old Emilee Bullock, was treated and released at the hospital.

John Bullock failed to stop for a stop sign at the rural crossing about 20 miles north of Evansville, and the train struck the driver's side of the minivan, Vanoven said.

The 4-year-old was riding in a back seat on the driver's side, Vanoven said.

The crossing, which has no lights, bells or cross arms, has been the site of two other fatal collisions in the last two years, Vanoven told the Evansville Courier & Press.

The train had two locomotives and 109 cars and was en route from a terminal in Chicago to one in Birmingham, Ala., CSX spokesman Gary Sease said.

No one aboard the train was hurt, Sease said.

 

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