OSP investigating whether drugs involved in fatal church van crash

Van collides with train in Middletown. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
Van collides with train in Middletown. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS obtained a state patrol report Friday that suggests the woman who drove a church van into the side of a train in Middletown was under the influence of prescription medication.

The trooper’s report says Judith Ashley, 62, of Middletown, told medics that she “had been taking Vicodin and Adderall all day.”

The van Ashley was driving crashed into the train along 14th Avenue near South University Boulevard on July 28.

Investigators say she drove through the crossing gate and struck the train. Her passenger, Janice Martin, 62, died. Eight children onboard are recovering from their injuries. They were all members of a vacation Bible school.

Ashley was served a search warrant on July 29 to submit a blood sample at Atrium Medical Center.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Crime Lab is now conducting tests on that sample.

The OSP says charges are pending.

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