Train video shows South Shore collision with SUV

News Center 16 has obtained video from the South Shore train involved in a fatal crash with an SUV back on October 7th.

The train was traveling from Chicago to South Bend on the Sunday after the Notre Dame Football team played at Soldier Field.

About 200 passengers were onboard but unhurt as the train collided with an SUV at the Pine Road crossing near Edison, south of the airport.

The crash claimed the life of the driver of the SUV, 22 year old Ryan Voreis.

The video does not show a driver speeding across the tracks trying to ‘beat the train,’ it shows the white SUV rolling very slowly into the crossing and into the path of the train.

“There’s no explanation why that occurred,” said Sgt. William Redman with the St. Joseph County Police. “They (investigators) did view the video that was obtained from the South Shore train itself, and it shows that the south bound vehicle just slowly crossing into the path of the eastbound South Shore train.”

At this point, the most common potential causes have been ruled out, according to Sgt. Redman, “They (investigators) had been able to rule out that drugs and alcohol were a factor in the crash, the test results came back negative on both.”

Sgt. Redman also says that investigators found no evidence that Voreis had been texting at the time of the crash.

The rail crossing at Pine does have more than one set of tracks. As a motorist approaches from the north, westbound trains are easy to see while the view of eastbound trains is somewhat obstructed.

“According to witnesses at the scene we have, we know that there was a westbound Norfolk Southern train at the time of the incident that took place, so we don't know if the driver saw that train which was obviously on the tracks
at the time, and didn't realize that there was an eastbound South Shore train also coming to that crossing,” said Sgt. Redman.

Voreis approached the crossing from the north where it is marked with bells and warning lights, but no crossing gates.

Motorists approaching the same crossing from the south do encounter crossing gates.

At trackside today, flowers and candles provide a makeshift memorial for Voreis who was a Washington High School graduate now working at the Tire Rack.

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