A Valparaiso man
was killed on Tuesday after his pickup truck was struck by a South Shore
commuter train at the Porter/Lake County Line Road grade-crossing, the
Porter County Coronerís Office is reporting.
The victim has been
identified as Todd R. Crum.
According to the
Coronerís Office, at 5:32 p.m. Crum was southbound on County Line Road,
immediately north of U.S. Highway 12, when he attempted to drive around the
downed gates and was struck on his passengerís side by an eastbound South
Crumís 1996 Ford
Ranger caught on fire and was dragged for several hundred yards, the
Coronerís Office said.
No one on the train
was injured, the Coronerís Office said.
South Shore trains
were stopped in both directions for several hours.
is still ongoing and multiple agencies, including the Gary Police Department
and the NICTD Transit Police responded to the scene.