UPDATE: Victim ID’d in fatal vehicle, train collision in Opelika

UPDATE: Victim ID’d in fatal vehicle, train collision in Opelika
1 dead, 2 injured after vehicle collides with train on Chewacla Rd. in Opelika (Source: Katie Kamin)

Opelika, Ala. (WTVM) - One person is dead and two people are injured following an accident involving a train and vehicle in Opelika.

The accident happened Wednesday morning at the intersection of Chewacla and Old Columbus roads. Three people from Opelika were in the vehicle. The accident claimed the life of 62-year-old Valerie Joyce White. According to the Lee County Coroner’s Office, White suffered multiple blunt force injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two other passengers, a three-year-old and 36-year-old were rushed by ambulance to Piedmont Columbus Regional emergency room. The 36-year-old suffered serious injuries and is in critical condition. The child is expected to recover.

The coroner’s office said it’s believed that while traveling west on Old Columbus Road, White crossed in front of the eastbound train as it approached the crossing and was struck on the driver’s side of the vehicle, knocking it off the roadway and overturning it.

The accident is under investigation by the Opelika Police Department.

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