November 1, 2014


Vermilion man killed, another hospitalized after vehicle, train crash

VERMILION TWP. – One man is dead and another is in the hospital following a crash involving a vehicle and a train on Wednesday night.

The crash occurred at 10:40 p.m. at Joppa and Ashmont roads, according to Erie County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Nick Kotsopoulos. He said a Chevrolet Tahoe, which was traveling northbound on Joppa Road, drove around railroad crossing gates and was struck by the train, which was traveling approximately 45 to 50 mph.

The vehicle was thrown into a crossing signal gate and rolled down an embankment before coming to a rest, according to an Erie County Sheriff’s report.

One of the vehicle’s occupants, Gregory Long, 29, of Vermilion, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another occupant, Joseph Murray, 31, of Vermilion, was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.

Kotsopoulos said it is unknown who was driving the vehicle, but there was no indication that the crash was intentional. He said, according to a Norfolk Southern Railway train engineer, the vehicle was attempting to back off the tracks when it was hit.

“We’re still trying to put all the pieces together,” he said.

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  • MZee

    two men not using seatbelts… well, not that it would’ve necessarily helped being hit by a train… I’d bet the one killed was closer to the train, but all bets are off on that.

    • Heath J

      because bloody seat belts grant super powers to the average drunk, thus protecting them from the laws of physics that involve getting smashed by a train???

      • Zen Grouch

        It’s probably better to be strapped to a big hunk of metal that just got smacked by an even bigger hunk of steel, than it is to take your chances on your own, while flying, unprotected, through space.

        • Heath J

          No one is disputing the usefulness of seat belts. Against other vehicles. Hit by a train, not so much.

          It’s like saying “Gee, if only they’d have had a fire extinguisher, jumping into that blast furnace wouldn’t have killed them”

  • Zen Grouch

    **”…drove around railroad crossing gates and was struck by the train”**

    –”We’re still trying to put all the pieces together…”–

    …not exactly rocket science.

    • Heath J

      Play stupid games…. win stupid prizes.

      My heart goes out to the family. I know the deceased’ed brother, and he’s good people.