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Officials: Train Sparked Fire That Led to Fatal Indiana Car Crash

May 21, 2012 | Auto Accident

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May 18, 2012

Officials now believe that the origins of Wednesday afternoon’s deadly five-car crash in Montgomery County, Indiana, lie in a brush fire sparked by a train.

JConline.com reports that two fires broke out when a train ignited several patches of dead grass along U.S. 231. Indiana police have said that the railroad was being worked on in the area.

When motorists noticed the smoke, several stopped and were subsequently hit by a semi-tractor trailer, which started a chain collision of five vehicles. A 60-year-old Glen Island, Illinois, man died Wednesday evening from injuries incurred after his Mercedes Benz was struck by a utility truck.

Several others were also treated for injuries.

This was the third accident and third fatality in just a few weeks’ time on U.S. 23. An INDOT spokeswoman told wlfi.com that the department was analyzing the roadway to see if there are any engineering improvements to be made or if an educational campaign for drivers would be helpful.

In the meantime, Indiana motorists in the area are urged to pay attention to the way the wind is blowing, to attend all fires, and to refrain from discarding cigarette butts out of car windows.

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