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UPDATE WITH NAMES AND MORE DETAILS / Car Train Fatal In Northern Vigo County

An update on a triple fatal car/train accident that happened Wednesday morning.

The Vigo County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the names of the three occupants that were killed in the early morning crash in northeastern Vigo County.

Driver, 30-year-old Brian J. Rickard of Terre Haute

Passenger, 24-year-old Ryan Lee Cook of Terre Haute

Passenger, 20-year-old Ashlee Taylor Pugh of Dennison, IL

Rickard and Pugh were ejected and pinned underneath the truck.

No seatbelts were in use at the time of the crash and based on evidence at the scene, it is believed that alcohol may have played a factor in the crash.

All three were pronounced dead at the scene by the Vigo County Coroner and autopsies have been scheduled.

All warning signals and gates were functioning normally at the crossing and on the engine.

All pertinent data from the “black box” has been downloaded for review. “They threw the train into emergency and braced for impact” Sheriff Ewing said speaking about the crew.


A car train fatal accident this morning in northern Vigo County.

The Vigo County Sheriff's Office received a call at 2:00 AM this morning from CSX Railroad that a northbound train had struck a vehicle at the Gallagher Rd and Rio Grande crossing in northeastern Vigo County.  Sheriff's Deputies located a pickup truck north of the crossing with extensive damage. Two of the three occupants of the vehicle were ejected and pinned under the truck. All three occupants were pronounced dead at the scene by the Vigo County Coroner's Office.  The investigation is continuing and it is believed that alcohol may have played a factor in the crash.

A train crew member told police that the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Names of the deceased are pending notification of next of kin.

All three appeared to be between 25 and 30 years old. The crossing at Rio Grande Av and Gallagher Rd is closed and motorists are advised to take an alternate route. 


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