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Child killed in Gibson Co. wreck involving minivan and train


A young girl is dead and two others injured after a wreck between a minivan and a CSX train in Gibson County.

Coroner Barrett Doyle says 4-year-old Andrea Bullock of Princeton died in the accident that happened on W. 550 South Tuesday morning. That's just north of Fort Branch, less than half a mile from Highway 41.

Neighbors in the area say it's proof there should be more safety measures.

"I didn't see it, I heard it," said Dave Robinson.

What Robinson heard Tuesday morning near his Gibson County home, he knew it wasn't good.

"A loud noise and you almost knew that's what it was. That's what it was," Robinson said.

The Gibson County Sheriff's Office says a minivan headed eastbound on County Road 550 South tried to beat this train and was clipped on the back drivers side.  

4-year-old Andrea Bullock was killed, and two others hurt.

"It's just bad. It's not good," Robinson said. "Another one would be too many. It's already three more than should been killed there."

Robinson says those three fatalities, two from crashes, have come within the last two years. He guesses 15 to 20 trains pass through every day.

Resident Victor Welch says he crosses the tracks often. 

"They've tried for years to get something done about, it but it don't help," Welch said.

Right now, a white railroad crossing sign and a stop sign mark the crossing. Both Welch and Robinson say they'd be happy to see some additional safety measures. 

"They need to put some lights up there. They sure do," Robinson said. 

"Sure, arms would help that would stop people, even flashing lights would help," Welch said.

An autopsy on Bullock is tentatively scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Terre Haute.

Bullock's father 49-year-old John Bullock is in stable condition at Deaconess Hospital and another juvenile was treated and released.

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