Coroner: Canton Woman Died from Injuries Suffered in Train Crash

Preliminary autopsy results show Wiladine VanWert, 85, whose car collided with a moving train in Jackson Township Friday, died of injuries suffered in the crash

Preliminary autopsy results show that the Canton woman whose Friday morning died from injuries related to the crash.

The crash took place at Portage Street NW just west of Whipple Avenue NW, near , about 11:45 a.m. that morning. Wiladine VanWert, 85, of Canton, drove her 2005 Honda Accord through an active railroad crossing warning gate and collided with a Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train.

VanWert was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Investigator Harry Campbell of the Stark County Coroner’s office.

Stark County Coroner P.S. Murthy conducted VanWert's autopsy Sunday.

"I found no anatomical abnormality or acute conditions that would suggest that Mrs. Van Wert was unresponsive at the time of a crash," Murthy said today in a news release.

He said VanWert suffered massive injuries to her head, cervical spine and torso.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

BP July 17, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Does the media ever think Hmmm 1. Why wasn't the train video camera paid for by the tax-payers not seized "immediately"by OUR cops and is being taken off the train by the RAILROAD? 2. Where is the railroad guy/gal going with that train event recorder with the train speed, lights, horns, brakes, etc...recorded? 3. Why is that railroad worker taking that box out of the signal house? 4. Why is that train crew not being tested for drugs/alcohol? 5. Where is the track video linked to the trains to compensate for the sight distance the train can't compensate for and get stopped? 6. Why under the trains there 100s of square feet to have better braking and there is not? 7. Why there is little fencing along tracks and no lookout towers along the tracks? 8. Why train stations don't have gates to open AFTER the train stops so people won't fall on the tracks? 9. Why trains go 50/6070/ mph through train stations/towns and they don't through railyards? 10. Why RR keep out signs are MILES apart in many places?
BP July 17, 2012 at 04:41 AM
11. Why their had to be witnesses and never are against the railroad and our cops use railroads hear-say? 12. Why the railroad is allowed around the crime scene at all? 13. Why the railroads get to self-investigate and Jeffrey Dohmer wasn't allowed to? 14. Where the equipment the railroad removes after killing/ injuring someone goes? 15. Why we are paying the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration millions and they never show up unless the media attention is beyond local level and the railroad needs a good cover story? 16. How the NTSB /FRA never finds fault with the railroads. And on the phoney Operation Lifesaver/Officer on the Train stings ticketing everything in sight. 1. Why nothing is ever mentioned about any of the above? 2. Why nothing is mentioned about blind crossings?
BP July 17, 2012 at 04:41 AM
3. Why nothing is mentioned about the missing signals at blind crossings? 4. Why the so-called Operation Lifesaver people are all ex-railroad or work for the state DOTs? 5. Why that train is just sitting there forcing the crossing signals to work DARING people to cross? 6. Why OLI never mentions train speeds which are set too high through populated areas? 7. Why OLI never mentions the highly toxic cargos of these train bombs going too fast? 8. How in the world the police can ticket the drivers for stopping behind the gate and not at the stripe on the street which is supposed to be 50 feet from the tracks? 9. Or if the driver needs to stop 50 feet away why isn't the gate 50 feet away from the tracks? 10. Why the railroads crossing signals fail Federal road standards that a signal has to give the drivers time to obey? 11. That the no green light(safe to proceed) and no yellow light (proceed with caution) on the decades old crossing equipment design are completely missing and the drivers are ticketed when the red comes on right in their face and they can't possible stop? 12. That the other 364 days a year the railroads do nothing to keep away people from the tracks and just on the day with media attention they become dirty rotten trespassers with un-Constitional high fines? I DON'T GET IT BIG DAN


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