Akron, OH: Motorised wheelchair user in fatal crossing collision

7 Jul

Witness have reported that the level crossing barriers had lowered before a man in a motorised wheelchair circumvented the barrier and continued into the path of an approaching train with fatal consequences. The fatal incident occurred at about 06.50 on June 29th, 2014 at the level crossing located on East South Street, adjacent to the intersection with South Broadway, in Akron, Ohio.

The level crossing at which the latest fatality occurred has been the scene of previous fatal events in 2000 and 2004, the former has similarities with the June 29th, 2014 event in that both involved motorised wheelchairs. The Summit County Medical Examiner will consider whether the latest fatality was accidental or intentional as was the case in 2000.

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