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Vehicle Vs. Train Fatality in Hart County

Date of News Release: 01/26/2015

(Bonnieville, KY) - On Monday, January 26, 2015 at approx. 5:40 pm the Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green responded to the rail road crossing on Walnut Grove School Road in Hart County for an injury collision involving a vehicle versus a train.

The preliminary investigation indicates that John Schafer (61), of Upton, was heading westbound on Walnut Grove School Road when the 1981 Chevrolet El Camino he was operating became disabled on the tracks for an unknown reason and he was unable to avoid being struck by a northbound CSX train.

Mr. Schafer was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hart County Coroner. Mr. Schafer was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision and it is unknown if alcohol was a factor.

The investigation is still ongoing and is being led by Trooper First Class Timmy Jewell.