OSP ready to meet about fatal van, train crash

Van and train collide in Middletown. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
Van and train collide in Middletown. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) – A State Highway Patrol official says troopers will meet soon with county prosecutors to discuss their investigation into possible charges for the driver of a van carrying children to vacation Bible school that crashed into the side of a freight train.

Patrol Lt. Clint Arnold says in published reports that lab tests have been completed in the case in Butler County.

A blood sample was taken from 63-year-old driver Judith Ashley, after the July 28 crash left Jan Martin, 62, dead and Ashley and nine children injured.

Arnold didn’t disclose the lab results. Investigators have said Ashley told paramedics she took the prescription drugs Vicodin and Adderall before the evening crash.

The Patrol said crossing gates were down and warning lights activated.

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