Dead car/train is top story | Columnists

Dead car/train is top story |  Columnists

KENDALLVILLE — A fatal accident between train and car near Wawaka was the most read story of the week on this past week.

Tina Channing, 62, of Goshen died of multiple blunt force trauma, according to the Noble County Coroner’s Office.

Coroner Lisa Strebig has ruled that the manner of death was accidental.

At about 12:30 p.m. Friday, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by Norfolk Southern Railroad about a vehicle hit by a train near CR 450W and CR 750N, just west of Wawaka.

Deputies from the Noble County Sheriff’s Department responded and found a single vehicle hit by a train west of the intersection. The driver became trapped under the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. Rescuers were able to free the driver, but Channing was pronounced dead at the scene after exhaustive life-saving measures.

A preliminary investigation suggests the vehicle was traveling north on a private access lane in front of the farm when it attempted to cross the railroad tracks for a westbound Canadian Pacific train when the collision occurred.

The story took the top two spots in this week’s Top 10 Most Read Stories from June 16-22:

1) One dead after being hit by a vehicle by a train — 3,775 page views

2) Victim identified in fatal accident in car train — 2,406 page views

3) Two people critical, one in serious condition in early morning accident – 1,493 page views

4) Man gets 22 years for child abuse — 1,126 page views

5) Planned seek more money for Sheets Park – 903 page views

6) Willow Tree Shoppes Vandalized, Racist Comments Painted Inside – 847 Page Views

7) Humane Society Staff Cut Ribbon, Hold Opening – 733 Page Views

8) Staff changes at Fremont Community Schools — 672 page views

9) Steuben Pride festival draws crowd — 650 page views

10) Norton goes skydiving and she only has 95 – 622 page views

On the KPC News Facebook page, the top posts of the week included a nonfatal car/train accident in DeKalb County, the opening of the new DeKalb County Humane Society building, and the fatal train accident in Noble County, the top posts of the week. :

June 21: Fort Wayne teen escapes from vehicle after becoming lodge on train tracks – reached 4,694 people, 11 comments, four shares

June 16: Dogs and cats in DeKalb County soon get new homes – 4,588 people reached, 46 comments, 12 shares, one comment

June 20: Victim of fatal crash was a 62-year-old woman – reached 4,560 people, six comments, six shares, three comments

On the individual newspaper pages, reports of the Sheets Community Park news in Angola, the opening of the Humane Society, and Noble County’s fatalities were the week’s top reports:

June 22: (The Herald Republican) Sheets Community Park does not cost or require a YMCA membership – 4,014 people reached, 138 comments, 47 shares, nine comments

June 16: (The Star) DeKalb County Humane Society closer to opening doors to new location. One more part to complete the water connection. Scheduled to open in July — 5,333 people reached, 189 comments, 16 shares, seven comments

June 17: (The News Sun) One person was killed after their vehicle was hit by a train trying to cross the tracks on a private farm road west of Wawaka – 8,409 people reached, 100 comments, 41 shares, 43 comments

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