Tipp City man hit by train remains in critical condition

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 9:39 PM
Updated: Friday, December 08, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

FROM SCENE: Man in critical condition after struck by freight train in Tipp City

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m. (Dec. 8): 

A Tipp City man remains in critical condition after he was hit by a CSX freight train while walking on the tracks Thursday night. 

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The victim, identified Friday as Jesse Hereford, 26, was clipped by the train near Crane Road around 9 p.m. Thursday and remains at Miami Valley Hospital. 

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The train’s engineer told investigators Hereford was walking on the tracks and started to step off as the train approached, but wasn’t able to in time and was hit. 

Investigators said beer cans were found at the scene and believe Hereford might have been intoxicated. 

The incident remains under investigation by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and CSX. 

UPDATE @ 11:40 p.m. (Dec. 7): 

The man hit by a CSX freight train was walking north -- not south as previously reported -- and was wearing earbuds as the southbound train headed toward him, its horn blaring and headlight shining.

Miami County Sheriff's investigators also said they found beer cans at the scene and believe the man may have been intoxicated. 

That's the latest assessment in the continuing investigation, investigators said.

A CSX official said the train was headed to Louisville, Ky., when it struck the man. The two-person crew was not injured.

The train consisted of two locomotives, 13 cars of mixed freight and 87 empty cars, the CSX official said.

“Out thoughts are with everyone who is affected by this,” the official said. “We appreciate the fast response of the law enforcement and medical personnel.”

UPDATE @ 10:24 p.m.: 

Investigators are working to determine why a man was walking on or along railroad tracks in Tipp City when he was hit by a CSX freight train, Miami County Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Slusher said. 

"I have no idea why he was even on the tracks nor why he didn't step out of the way," Sgt. Slusher said. 

Personnel aboard the CSX train notified the sheriff's office about the incident, Slusher said. 

He said the railroad crossing at Crane Road will remain shut down until the sheriff's investigation is completed.

UPDATE @ 10:03 p.m.: 

The person hit by a freight train in Tipp City is a 26-year-old city man, who has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. 

The victim is believed to be in critical condition, according to a Miami County Sheriff's deputy. 

According to the initial investigation, the deputy said, the man was walking south when he was struck by the southbound freight train. 

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The deputy said the engineer told authorities he was sounding the train's horn but the man apparently did not respond to the sound. 

The man ended up a few feet from the train after impact, the deputy said. 

The investigation is continuing at the scene on Crane Road, east of the railroad crossing gate near an industrial area where Crane becomes North Third Street as you head south toward Tipp City.


Law enforcement, medic units and CareFlight have been called to Tipp City for a reported pedestrian-train accident. 

A Miami County Sheriff's Dispatch 9-1-1 supervisor tells us the incident was reported just before 9 p.m. at the railroad crossing on Crane Road. 

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A News Center 7 viewer who said he was near Tippecanoe High School, just west of Crane Road, reported seeing several law enforcement vehicles at the rail crossing. 

We're also hearing that CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Checkpoint leads to 17 citations issued in Washington Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:55 AM

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An OVI checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday in Washington Township.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force conducted the checkpoint.

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There were no OVI arrests made during the checkpoint that saw over 730 vehicles on State Route 725 near Paragon Road, according to a release.

One citation for improper registration display and one citation for driving under suspension was occurred as a result of the OVI checkpoint, the release stated.

Extra patrols in the area from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s and Ohio State Highway Patrol resulted in six citations for moving violations, five non-moving citations, three seat belt citations, one marked lanes citation, according to the release.

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Extra patrols will be out for the remainder of Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

Eleven alcohol involved crashes occurred around Saint Patrick’s Day in 2017, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Police encourage everyone to drink responsibly to keep roadways safe over the holiday weekend.

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Next few days ‘critical’ to survival of children injured in crash involving RTA bus

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:19 AM

'Critical' next few days for kids hurt in RTA crash

Two children injured after a crash Tuesday afternoon involving four vehicles and an RTA bus have been on ventilators since the crash, and family said the next few days are critical to their survival. 

The siblings, Emmanuel, 6, and Eric, 7, are best friends, according to family. The family said they've been told by doctors that Emmanuel, especially, may not survive.

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Both children are being watched for fevers and additional swelling on the brain after they sustained "horrific" injuries.

 “It breaks my heart, you know,” said Ryan Morgan, a police officer and the boys' uncle. "They're my nephews. I was there when both of them were born. I deal with this type of stuff all the time, but when it's your own family, it hits you especially hard." 

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Deputies said they believe the driver of the vehicle the boys were in was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Preliminary indicatations are that the two men in the Cadillac with the children are their father and uncle. 

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Both men remain hospitalized. Neither they nor the children were wearing safety belts, according to a traffic crash report. 

The Cadillac struck an RTA bus, setting off a chain reaction crash that ended in the parking lot of an Auto Zone on North Main Street. 

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Winter Weather Advisory in effect; slick roads likely

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

Icy conditions expected for early St. Patrick's Day.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through noon. Mixed precipitation with ice accumulation up to one-tenth of an inch is expected. Be prepared for slippery roads.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


    • Increasing clouds, freezing rain and sleet develop after midnight
    • Icy early St. Patrick’s Day
    • Clearing, milder to end the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


Overnight: Expect freezing rain/sleet to become widespread after 3 or 4 a.m. with slick spots developing. Up to one-tenth inch of ice accumulation is possible by morning, creating for slippery travel conditions. Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

Saturday: A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet will be likely in the morning. As temperatures climb, precipitation will change to just rain showers by late morning with improving conditions in the afternoon. It will remain mostly cloudy as we dry out late in the day. Highs will reach back into the lower 40s.

Sunday: Sunny skies will end the weekend with milder temperatures reaching into the lower 50s.

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Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. There will be the chance for a few showers toward late evening or into the night. It will become breezy with highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday: Cloudy skies are expected with rain showers during the day mixing with or changing to snow showers late in the day or evening. Highs will be in the lower 40s but fall into the 30s with blustery conditions.

Wednesday: Snow showers will be around, possibly mixed with rain. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

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Car overturns in 3-vehicle crash in Trotwood

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 10:52 PM

Car overturns in 3-vehicle crash in Trotwood

One car landed on its top in a three-vehicle crash tonight on Olive Road at Bradfield Drive.

The crash was reported at 10 p.m.

The overturned vehicle was headed south on Olive Road when the driver hit other vehicles. In the overturned vehicle, one of the two occupants was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Trotwood police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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