EDINBURGH, Ind.–Two people lost their lives following a collision between a train and a sport-utility vehicle Monday evening near Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Police Department says that Bartholomew County Emergency Operations Center received several 911 calls around 11:50 p.m. reporting the accident at County Road 900N near County Road 250W.
First responders had to extricate two of the occupants, Joshua Kelso, 30, of Cloverdale, and Justice Llewellyn, 20, of Franklin, from the SUV. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. A third person in the vehicle, Myranda Akers, 26, was found lying on the ground nearby. She was transported by Lifeline medical helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
The train consisted of only two engines and the conductor stated he was traveling at 49 mph. Investigators say Kelso was driving eastbound along C.R. 900N when he apparently disregarded a stop sign and entered the railroad crossing into the path of the train. The force pushed the SUV down the tracks before it finally rolled over and came to a stop on its side.
Authorities remind drivers that when you see railroad tracks, always think train. Stop and look both directions before you approach tracks.