2 vehicles hit same train in Brownsburg 45 minutes apart, 1 killed


BROWNSBURG, Ind. (WISH) – One person is dead after a vehicle struck a train in Brownsburg.

According to the Brownsburg Fire Territory, crews responded to two separate incidents of a vehicle colliding with a train in Brownsburg late Monday and early Tuesday morning.

Crews were first called out to the 6900 block of North County Road 900 East at approximately 11:45 p.m. for a report of a vehicle striking an oncoming train. The department said the driver of that vehicle was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office believes this crash was caused by “driver inattention.”

Then just before 12:30 a.m., crews were called to the railroad crossing near the 8800 block of East County Road 700 North for another vehicle that had struck the same train, which was stopped.

The driver of the second vehicle was killed. That man has been identified as 43-year-old Dennis Swanson of Brownsburg. The cause of Swanson’s crash is still under investigation.

Isiah McClain works less than a quarter mile from both crash sites at Crossroads Drive-Thru Feed Barn.

“I think there should be a streetlight at least. Safety arms would help, but if you are from around here you kind of know they are there,” said McClain.

The terrain in this part of Hendricks County is flat. The only rise in the road is for the railroad crossing.

Sandra Thrine is a regular customer at Crossroads and drives a school bus across the train tracks at least once a day.

 She says for those that live around the area, they treat the train crossing with caution, however, not many trains use these tracks.

“Well I don’t know how often a train ever comes by there because I don’t ever encounter one in my school bus usually,” said Thrine.

According to the fire department, there hasn’t been a serious accident at these intersections in 20 years.

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