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Coroner identifies victim in deadly Columbia train accident

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Published: May. 19, 2022 at 8:04 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 10:28 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford identified the victim of Thursday’s deadly crash.

Rutherford said Jeremy Williams, 32, of Columbia died after the crash between a vehicle and a train at the intersection of Cushman Dr. and Ames Rd.

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New information in a deadly accident involving a train and a car Thursday morning showed the driver of the car did not heed warning lights or the crossing gate before being struck.

“It appears that the male disregarded the traffic control device by driving around the crossing gate and entering the crossing zone,” a release from the Columbia Police Department read.

Officials said the accident happened at the intersection of Cushman Dr. and Ames Rd. Investigators said there was a single occupant in the car.

The victim, who has not yet been identified, was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead.

The Richland County Coroner’s Office is assisting in the investigation.

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