Deputies ID victim in fatal St. Clair Township train accident

ST. CLAIR TWP, Ohio - Deputies are investigating a fatal accident involving a train and a van that occurred in St. Clair Township Saturday evening.

A woman was killed instantly when the train struck her van at a railroad crossing near State Route 127 and Jacksonburg Road at about 3:15 p.m.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office reports that its preliminary investigation indicates that Sharon Bennett, 55, of Butler County was traveling south on S.R. 127 in a Honda Odyssey when she failed to yield to an oncoming train.

There is a railroad crossing bar at the site of the crash.

The Butler County Emergency Management Agency confirmed that the S.R. 127 railroad crossing, the Trenton Road railroad crossing, the Augspurger Road railroad crossing and the South Street railroad crossing all reopened around 6:45 p.m. after being shut down for more than three hours.

A resident who lives across the street from where the accident occurred told 9 On Your Side reporter Amy Wadas that this was the worst accident she's ever seen.

"It's a bad crossing," resident Terry White side. "We've had quite a few wrecks here. People try to beat the train sometimes. We don't know what happened here today."

Linda Campbell was sitting in her living room when she heard a "loud boom." She thought a train had derailed, but then she heard the sound of screeching breaks and know what had transpired. She blames the numerous accidents at the crossing on speeding.

"My advice is people should slow down and they should put speed traps here," Campbell said about the area that has a listed speed limit of 40 mph. "They'll come 60 to 70 down this road."

Campbell said she's seen around eight accidents, three of which involved trains, at that intersection in the nine years she's lived near the tracks.

The accident remains under investigation.

Stay with 9 On Your Side and WCPO.com for updates as they become available.


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