Officials identify victims killed in train involved crash

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 6:25pm

UPDATE: Authorities have identified the victim killed in a crash involving a train as Jeremy Wayne Berczik, 26, a Ft. Hood soldier, and Coral Ghamdi, 26, of Killeen.

The Killeen Police Department continues to investigate this wreck.


ORIGINAL REPORT: Killeen Police are investigating a fatal crash just after 2:00am, Friday, November 9, 2012 at the railroad crossing on Gilmer Avenue.

Officers responded to the railroad crossing at Gilmer Avenue at 2:07am, after receiving a 911 call telling them that a silver vehicle was hit by a train. Upon arrival, the officers located a 2010 Dodge Charger on the north side of the tracks flipped on its side. The vehicle was occupied by a male and female.

The preliminary investigation revealed the Dodge Charger was traveling northbound in the 100 block of Gilmer Avenue south of the railroad crossing. A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was traveling west approaching Gilmer Avenue. The railroad crossing barricades were down when the driver maneuvered the Charger around the barricade that is meant to stop northbound traffic. The vehicle then began crossing the tracks causing the train to collide with the passenger side of the vehicle. Killeen Fire Department paramedics and firefighters worked to free the male and female from the vehicle by using the Jaws of Life. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the 26 year old female passenger deceased at 2:47am and pronounced the 26 year old male driver deceased at 2:48am; an autopsy was not ordered at this time.
Killeen Police are investigating a fatal crash just after 2:00am, Friday, November 9, 2012 at the railroad crossing on Gilmer Avenue.

Officers responded to the railroad crossing at Gilmer Avenue at 2:07am, after receiving a 911 call telling them that a silver vehicle was hit by a train. Upon arrival, the officers located a 2010 Dodge Charger on the north side of the tracks flipped on its side. The vehicle was occupied by a male and female.

The preliminary investigation revealed the Dodge Charger was traveling northbound in the 100 block of Gilmer Avenue south of the railroad crossing. A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was traveling west approaching Gilmer Avenue. The railroad crossing barricades were down when the driver maneuvered the Charger around the barricade that is meant to stop northbound traffic. The vehicle then began crossing the tracks causing the train to collide with the passenger side of the vehicle. Killeen Fire Department paramedics and firefighters worked to free the male and female from the vehicle by using the Jaws of Life. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced the 26 year old female passenger deceased at 2:47am and pronounced the 26 year old male driver deceased at 2:48am; an autopsy was not ordered at this time.
 

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