WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A man has died from injuries he suffered after his SUV collided with a train on Tuesday in West Chester Township.
Barb Wilson, township spokeswoman, said Rakan Shteiwi, 70, of Liberty Twp. died from injuries sustained in the crash. She said Shteiwi was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his black 2004 Infiniti SUV when it was struck by the CSX train.
Wilson said drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash.
Shteiwi is the brother of Nazih Shteiwi, a man killed in a wrong-way crash on I-75 in Evendale in April. Nazih Shteiwi, 61, and his wife, Halla Odeh Shteiwi, 55, died when a Chevy Tahoe going southbound in the northbound lanes crashed into their Audi A-8 as they were returning from a family gathering in Kentucky, police said.
Police say the wrong-way driver who struck the Sheiwis was a local rapper, 30-year-old Kory Wilson, of Springfield Township, who also died in the collision.
Police have confirmed the rail crossing gates were functioning properly at the time of the crash.
Police responded just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to a 911 call and found the SUV was hit broadside and pushed into a nearby tree line by a train on railroad tracks along Ohio 747 between McKenzie Court and Port Union Road.
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Sgt. Todd Campbell said it took the train “awhile” to stop after the collision. He did not know what the train was transporting or the number of cars in the train.
He said he could not recall a previous crash at that crossing. A traffic safety unit was at the scene and was mapping evidence.
Ohio 747 was closed for a few hours between Port Union Road and Union Centre Boulevard while police completed their work.