Authorities identify woman killed in car-train crash at K-15, 47th Street South

02/22/2013 5:28 PM

02/22/2013 5:28 PM

A 70-year-old Wichita woman died Friday after her car collided with a train at K-15 and 47th Street South, an official said.

Witnesses said the woman – identified as Luanna M. Kernes by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office – was driving a Ford Focus east on 47th, when the car began to slide and then struck the side of the engine pulling the 69-car BNSF train, said Sedgwick County sheriff’s Lt. Brad Hoch. The train was going north when the accident occurred. It was reported at 10:45 a.m.

It appeared that the cross arms were down and lights were flashing at the crossing but that the car didn’t stop in time, Hoch said. What’s not clear is whether a possible medical condition could have contributed to the collision, he said.

An emergency dispatcher said the back of the woman’s car was hit by the train. The woman was taken in critical condition by ambulance to Wesley Medical Center after being revived at the scene, a dispatch supervisor said. She died at the hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the crash.

Contributing: Stan Finger and Amy Renee Leiker of The Eagle

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