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Photos by Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette
Crews work at the fatal accident scene involving a car and a train Friday morning in New Haven at a railroad crossing on North River Road east of Landin Road.

Train strikes vehicle in New Haven

Swikar Patel | The Journal Gazette
Responders at the crossing where the crash happened Friday morning.
Swikar Patel The Journal Gazette
Swikar Patel The Journal Gazette
Swikar Patel The Journal Gazette

A train dragged and mangled a vehicle in New Haven on Friday morning, leaving one person dead.

The crash happened at 7:10 a.m. on the tracks crossing North River Road, just east of Landin Road. That would be just north of Whispering Creek Golf Club, according to a map of the area.

Fort Wayne Fire Department spokeswoman Stacey Fleming confirmed that one male was dead. Early reports said a second person might have been in the car, but Fleming said officials have established that there was only one victim.

The gates were down and the lights were flashing, according to Fleming and Ed Lytal, director of the New Haven-Adams Township EMS.

The vehicle was going east on North River Road before it was struck and dragged about 160 yards to a steel rail bridge.

A crane was brought in to lift the red vehicle off the tracks about 11:30 p.m., officials said. The car lifted from the steel bridge and taken to a secure location, officials said.

Dave Pidgeon, manager of public relations at Norfolk Southern said the train was heading west to Voltz, Mo., with two locomotives and 144 loaded cars.

He said the gates and flashers were working and that the track speed for trains along that stretch is 60 mph.

He said no Norfolk Southern employees were injured.

Local officials said the 7,000-foot-long train was going about 30 mph when the crash happened.

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