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Silt man victim of car-train accident

The Colorado State Patrol has identified Eric Schwaab, 33, of Silt, as the victim in the car and train accident that occured Sunday afternoon between New Castle and Silt.The State Patrol believes Schwaab died instantly when an eastbound Amtrak passenger train struck his Subaru station wagon on on the Rippy Road crossing. He was the only person in the car.The crossing, in front of Sunshine Farm along U.S. Highway 6 & 24, is marked with signs, lights and bells, and all were working properly, a State Patrol report said.Visibility to the west is good for at least 3/4 of a mile, said Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Dennis Gibbons. “It appears his car was stopped on the tracks,” Gibbons said.Gibbons said three witness, two in a vehicle on the nearby overpass and the train’s engineer, saw the accident. Gibbon said it’s impossible to tell whether a malfunction caused the car to stop on the railroad tracks. There was no indication drugs and alcohol were a factor in the accident.Amtrak officials were not available for comment. There were no injuries on the train, which carried 230 riders, and was en route from San Francisco to Chicago.The accident was reported at 4:53 p.m.Sunday’s fatal accident was the second vehicle and train accident between New Castle and Rifle in the past 10 months.On Sept. 19, 2002, a freight train hit a dump truck at an uncontrolled private crossing two miles east of Rifle, killing both occupants.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534lburton@postindependent.com


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