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25 years ago: Second car was involved in vehicle-train collision, investigators say

June 9, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 9, 1989:

The woman who had been driving a car hit by a freight train north of Lawrence in May was not going to be charged with any alcohol-related traffic offenses, said Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jim Flory today. Flory said today that he had reviewed a medical report on the driver's blood-alcohol level "and it's clear to me she will not be charged with any alcohol-related offenses. She had a very minimal amount of alcohol in her system. A negligible amount." Flory also revealed today that sheriff's investigators had learned there had been a second vehicle involved in the incident, which had resulted in the death of one of the passengers of the car which had been struck by a Union Pacific freight train. "There was a minor collision prior to the collision with the train," Flory said. "From all indications it was just seconds before the collision with the train." The second car heading east out of the nearby entrance to Riverfront Park had sideswiped the first car "in the immediate proximity of the tracks," Flory said. The second car and its driver had left the scene by the time law enforcement officers had arrived, but a worker on the train reported that he had seen the second vehicle. The driver of the second car had been identified and located, but charges had not yet been filed pending further investigation.

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