Posted: April 2, 2012 - 2:29am
Updated: April 3, 2012 - 2:34am
Around 2:20 a.m. Douglas County Emergency Dispatchers received a report of a car versus train injury accident north of Lawrence. The accident occurred just west of the U.S. Highway 24-40 and U.S. 24-59, which is known as Tee Pee Junction. The accident scene is just before the entrance to Riverfront Park.
Sheriff's Deputies arrived and, upon locating the involved vehicle, immediately reported that one person was deceased. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical has since confirmed that the one occupant is deceased. Emergency crews report that with the train's crew, they have walked the length of the train and confirmed that only one person was in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The involved train was reportedly a southbound Union Pacific "coal train" which struck the victim's vehicle on the passengers side as it was traveling westbound, crossing between the railroad gates. No one on the train reported being injured.
Initial reports indicated that the train's conductor witnessed the vehicle drive around the crossing gates just before the accident.
The victim has be identified as, 40-year-old, Aimee Ziegler of Lawrence. The Lawrence Journal-World reports Ziegler was a counselor at Lawrence Free State High School.
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