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Thursday, December 21, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON apeterson@tnonline.com in Police Log

Motorist killed when his vehicle is struck by a train

A motorist died Dec. 14 when his vehicle collided with a train in Alburtis.

Marc Tobash, 28, of Lowhill Township, was pronounced dead at 6:40 a.m. by Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas at the West Penn Avenue railroad crossing, according to a media release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center.

Authorities determined the cause of death to be multiple traumatic injuries due to an accident. The manner of death is ruled an accident.

Tobash was described as the operator of a motor vehicle involved in a collision with a train.

Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer said by telephone in a brief interview Dec. 18 the intersection where the crash happened is controlled by flashing lights. A bell sounds to warn driver’s of an approaching train.

A locomotive pulling car carriers struck the vehicle. The accident happened about 5:23 a.m.

Roads were snow covered at the time of the accident, Palmer said.

Police investigation of the incident included review of surveillance video from nearby borough dumpsters.

The intersection where the accident happened has been the location of other incidents involving trains and vehicles, Palmer said, including a few involving vehicles getting stuck on the tracks.

Palmer asks motorists to be “more careful” at the intersection.