New Haven Train Crash Victim Named

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June 22, 2012 Updated Jun 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Allen County Coroner's Office has identified the person killed Friday when his car was hit by a train in New Haven.

Ramon Aleman, 55, of Fort Wayne died of blunt force trama to the head, the coroner's office says.

The crash happened around 7:15 a.m. Friday at the North River Road crossing, just east of Landin Road.

Investigators say the car was pushed southwest along the train tracks and onto the steel bridge above the Maumee River.

The vehicle came to a rest wrapped around the steel pillars of the bridge. Norfolk Southern brought a crane in to get the wreckage off the bridge.

The train was around a mile and a half long. It stopped just on the other side of the bridge.

“It has been confirmed by Norfolk Southern officials that the gates and the lights were in all working condition,” said Stacey Fleming, Fort Wayne Fire Department.

Fort Wayne Fire Department’s S.O.R.T. team was called to help with the investigation because of the position the car was in on the bridge. They specialize in high angle rescue and recovery efforts.

“We were able to do the extrication and quite literally tearing the car apart to check the entire situation,” said Fleming.

No one else was hurt in the crash. The crash is still under investigation.




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