GARY — The Lake County Coroner's office has identified the adult and child killed Tuesday morning when a CSX freight train struck a pickup truck in the city's Miller section.
Eric McClellan Jr., 7, of Calumet City, and Janetta McClellan, 57, of Gary, died from blunt force trauma in the incident, according to the coroner's office.
Gary police were called about 8:05 a.m. to the crash in the area of Lake Street and Miller Avenue, Lt. Dawn Westerfield said.
An eastbound freight train struck a green Chevrolet truck that was crossing the tracks, she said.
Lake County coroner's investigators pronounced the two dead at the scene at 9:19 a.m., police said. They were the only two people in the truck.
There are crossing gates at the intersection, Westerfield said. She did not yet have information about whether the truck driver may have disregarded signals.
A CSX spokesperson said Tuesday no one on the train was injured.
"CSX extends its deepest sympathies to everyone impacted by this tragedy. We appreciate the prompt response provided by local authorities and will continue to assist in their investigation of the incident," the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
The freight train was bound for New Jersey and consisted of two locomotives, 26 loaded rail cars of mixed freight and one empty rail car, according to the spokesperson.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Michael Jackson at 219-881-7485.
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