Motor Vehicle-Train Fatality Accident (Press Release)

by Traffic Division, Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 02:00 (2792 days ago)

On September 27, 2011 at approximately 3:14 p.m. the Abilene Police Department received a call of a motor vehicle versus train crash at N.1st and Grape Streets. Initial officers arriving at the scene discovered a red and white Ford Mustang with extensive left side damage. The driver of the Ford was the lone occupant of the vehicle. The train was occupied by one engineer and one conductor.

Witnesses to the crash told officers that the Ford had been southbound on Grape and stopped just north of the railroad tracks. An approaching westbound train caused the crossing arm barriers to lower. As the arms lowered, they came to rest across the hood of the Ford. Witness report a vehicle behind the Ford backed northbound in an attempt to allow the Ford to back away from the crossing. The Ford proceeded southbound into the path of the train and was struck on the driver’s door. The Ford was pushed 189’ west of the crossing and came to rest north of the tracks.

The driver of the Ford died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. The deceased is identified as George V. Gibson, white male age 63 of Abilene. Justice of the Peace Bryan Smith made the pronouncement of death at the scene. Abilene Funeral Home was called to transport the deceased, arrangements are pending.

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