A Valparaiso woman
was killed Monday evening when her vehicle was struck by a train at the
County Line Road grade-crossing in Portage, the Porter County Coroner Office
The victim has been
identified as Barbara Gibson, 75.
Coroner Chuck Harris, at 4:55 p.m. Gibson was southbound on County Line
Road, traveling behind a school bus. When the bus crossed the railroad
grade-crossing Gibson followed it. The bus, however, then stopped just on
the other side of the tracks, leaving Gibson in the middle of the
Impala was then struck by an eastbound Norfolk Southern train and came to
rest on the east side of County Line Road, in Porter County, Harris said.
Gibson was pronounced dead at the scene.
remains under investigation by the Gary Police Department, which is seeking
to review the train’s video tape of the crash, Harris said.
The results of a
routine toxicology screen are pending but Harris said that “drugs and
alcohol are not believed to have played a role in the accident.”