By Jacob Tellers | For The Republic
A woman was killed after crossing the railroad tracks in front of a train Monday afternoon in Edinburgh.
The woman was identified as Sharon Gobin, 74, of Edinburgh, Johnson County Coroner Craig Lutz said. An autopsy is planned today.
Gobin was driving east on East Main Cross Street about 12:30 p.m. when her car was hit by a train that was traveling north, Edinburgh Police Chief David Mann said. The accident happened downtown near multiple businesses.
The collision caused severe damage to the car, and firefighters had to pry off a door to get Gobin out before taking her to Johnson Memorial Health for treatment, he said.
The Louisville-Indiana Railroad crossing has flashing lights, and there isn’t any indication that they weren’t working at the time of the crash, Mann said. The crossing does not have arms that stop traffic when a train is approaching.
Investigators still are working to piece together what led up to the crash, and Mann said anyone who witnessed it should contact the Edinburgh Police Department at 812-526-2636.
The police department, Edinburgh Fire Department and the Johnson County and Bartholomew County sheriff’s offices responded to the crash, Mann said.