RAVENNA, Ohio – A train struck an SUV driven by a 15-year-old girl who recently received her learner’s permit, killing the teen and injuring her four sisters and father near their northeast Ohio home, Portage County authorities said.
No lights, gates or special signals mark the crossing where the southbound train struck the SUV on Sunday evening in Ravenna, about 35 miles southeast of Cleveland.
The teenager, who died at the scene, had recently received her learner’s permit to begin driving, and officials from the Portage County sheriff’s office said they think she panicked as the train approached.
Her father and sisters were taken to hospitals. Authorities didn’t release information about their conditions or about the extent of their injuries.
The man’s injuries appeared minor, according to The Record-Courier, which employs him as a newspaper carrier.
The girls ranged in age from seven to 15, WKYC-TV in Cleveland reported.
The teen had been driving on the street where her family lives. Neighbors told the newspaper that trains frequently pass the crossing and use loud horns to alert nearby drivers. It wasn’t clear whether that happened before the Sunday collision.
An autopsy was planned Monday, a coroner’s investigator told The Record-Courier.