Columbiana police identify victim in fatal train crash

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Investigators are working to retrace the victim's steps leading up to the accident

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – Police are still searching for answers after a deadly train crash in Columbiana.

According to investigators, a train hit a 2014 Ford Fusion around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Elm Street crossing.

The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Daniel Shirley, of Columbiana. No one else was in the car.

Police are working with officials from Amtrak and Norfolk Southern Railway, who said no passengers or members of the train crew were hurt.

Police also said the crossing gates were working at the time of the crash.

The train was coming from Washington, D.C. and headed to Cleveland.

Investigators are working to retrace Shirley’s steps leading up to the accident.

“The next steps involve interviewing anybody that could be a potential witness. We’re not aware of anyone that’s seen it. We’re appealing to the public if anyone has video or any information about it. We’re also trying to interview the last people that the victim had contact with to try and determine the timeline and how he got to where he was on the track,” said Columbiana Police Chief Tim Gladis.

He also warns everyone to be careful around train tracks.

“Railroad tracks are extremely dangerous. If you don’t pay close attention to the warnings and when the gates are down and the lights are flashing… just never enter the train tracks because the trains can’t stop. It’s just very dangerous thing to do to go around the tracks,” Gladis said.

Police have not yet determined the reason for the crash but are waiting for the results of a toxicology report.

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