Greensburg man dies in crash involving a train

WTRE news talked with Decatur County Coroner Charity Banks

State Police Post:

Greensburg Man Killed in Collision with Train

Yesterday, June 20, 2023, Troopers from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post began investigating a car versus train crash that occurred just east of Greensburg, Indiana that claimed the life of a Decatur County man.

The initial investigation by Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists indicated that at approximately 12:30 pm yesterday, a 2006 Dodge Caravan, being driven by Charles A. Papenhaus, age 78, Greensburg, Indiana turned southbound onto County Road 200 East from State Road 46. The driver’s side of Papenhaus’ vehicle was then struck by a westbound Indiana and Ohio Railway Train that was crossing County Road 200 East.

Papenhaus sustained fatal injuries in the collision. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Decatur County Coroner’s Office. Neither of the two occupants of the train were injured in the collision.

The crash remains under investigation.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Greensburg Fire Department, Decatur County EMS, and the Decatur County Coroner’s Office.


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