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Driver in fatal car-train crash listed as critical

December 10, 2006|by DON AINES

MARION, PA. - A Chambersburg, Pa., man was killed Friday night in a collision with a train in Guilford Township, and the Fayetteville, Pa., woman who was driving the car was critically injured, according to Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner and Pennsylvania State Police.

Kevin L. Taylor, 37, of 550 S. Main St., was pronounced dead at the scene by Conner.

An autopsy was performed Saturday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa., and the cause of death was blunt force multiple trauma, Conner said.

Taylor was a passenger in a 1992 Dodge Shadow driven by Helen L. Gordan, 45, address unavailable, of Fayetteville, police said.

Taylor was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, Conner said.

Gordan, who also was not wearing a seat belt, was taken by helicopter to York (Pa.) Hospital with injuries that included "massive internal bleeding," police said. A hospital spokeswoman said Gordan remained in critical condition Saturday night.

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The accident happened at 6:16 p.m. when the westbound car failed to stop for the flashing red warning lights at the crossing on Pa. 914, about three-tenths of a mile west of Interstate 81, police said.

The passenger side of the car was struck by a southbound Norfolk Southern freight train, police said. The train consisted of two engines and 15 cars, police said.

Engineer Randy Jay Clepper, 44, of Carlisle, Pa., and conductor David Alan Young, 47, of Waynesboro, Pa., were not injured, police said.

Conner said the impact pushed the car about 75 feet south of where the collision occurred.

It was the second fatal collision involving a train and a car in Franklin County this year. On July 18, a Waynesboro, Pa., man was killed and a Greencastle, Pa., woman injured when the car they were in was struck at a railroad crossing on Milnor Road in Antrim Township, according to police.

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