|Early Tuesday morning, the driver of a black 2018 Nissan passenger car that collided with a train in southern Jackson County, Indiana Monday passed away as a result of injuries he sustained in the collision. Dawson A. Vest, age 21, Austin, Indiana was driving the car that entered a railroad crossing in the path of a CSX train on County Road 775 South just west of US 31 near the Jackson/Scott County Line at approximately 6:30 pm yesterday. The collision with the train caused Vest’s car to overturn, ejecting him from the vehicle. He was airlifted from the scene to a Louisville, Kentucky hospital. Shortly after 1:00 am Tuesday morning, Vest passed away as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash. He was pronounced deceased by the Jefferson County, Kentucky Coroner’s Office. Vest’s family has been notified. The investigation is ongoing. |
This is the initial release –
Indiana State Police Investigating Car-Train CollisionCrothersville-At approximately 6:30 pm this evening, May 10, 2021, the Indiana State Police began investigating a car versus train collision that occurred near the Jackson/Scott County Line that resulted in the driver of the car being airlifted with life threatening injuries. The initial investigation by crash reconstructionists from the Indiana State Police-Versailles and Sellersburg Posts indicated that a black 2018 Nissan passenger car being driven by Dawson A. Vest, age 21, Austin, Indiana was traveling westbound on County Road 775 South, just west of US 31. For an unknown reason, Vest’s vehicle entered a railroad crossing into the path of a northbound CSX train.The train collided with the driver’s side of the car. After the collision, the car rolled, ejecting Vest from the vehicle. Vest sustained life threatening injuries in the crash. He was air lifted from the scene to a Louisville, KY hospital. The crossing contained railroad crossing signs as well as stop signs for traffic on County Road 775 South. County Road 775 South was closed for approximately three hours for crash cleanup and investigation. US 31 was briefly closed during the investigation. The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Crothersville Police Department, Jackson County EMS, Scott County EMS, PHI Medical Helicopter, Vernon Township Fire Department, Westside Towing, CSX Railroad, and Louisville & Indiana Railroad. The investigation is ongoing.
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