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Train crash kills one

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

A pickup truck owned by City Pest Control of Linton, Ind., was hit by a train in Coalmont on Tuesday. The driver was killed.

COALMONT -- An employee of a Linton, Ind., pest control business was killed Tuesday when the pick-up truck he was driving drove in front of a train and was struck.

Indiana State Police report Dennis J. Ausman, 36, of R.R. 1, Linton, died of massive injuries sustained in the crash.

According to Indiana State Police Trooper Chris Effner, lack of skid marks leading to the train tracks coupled with marks on the roadway at the tracks showing the truck, owned by City Pest Control, was pushed sideways down the track, indicating the pickup made no effort stop or slow down when it approached the crossing.

The accident occurred at the railroad crossing on Public Street, better known to area residents as Slab Road.

The train engineer told police he flashed the train lights and blew the horn when he saw the truck approaching, but to no avail.

The train was moving northwest as it approached the crossing and pushed the pickup truck 1,350 feet before stopping.

Though the crossing is not signalled with lights or a signal arm, there is a stop sign at the crossing. The pickup truck driver must have run the stop sign, Effner said.

"There is no evidence of braking, no slowing, stopping or nothing," the state trooper said. "See this black mark up here by the tracks? That was made by the right rear tire of the truck as the truck was pushed by the train. I know it was the right rear tire, becase if t were the right front tire, there would be a mark further from the tracks."

State police on Depot Street, where the engine stopped kept spectators away from the engine, saying there was a possible chemical leak from the pick-up truck contents.

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