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posted: 10/22/2012 10:31 AM

Family of train crash victim seeks crossing gate

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Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The family of a 22-year-old South Bend man is seeking to have warning gates installed at the railroad crossing where he was killed when a South Shore commuter train smashed into his SUV.

The family of Ryan Vories believes a crossing gate would have prevented his SUV from rolling onto the tracks. Police say the train was going about 70 mph when the crash happened Oct. 7.

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The intersection near South Bend has three sets of railroad tracks. Two are for freight trains, the other for the commuter line.

Relatives tell WSBT-TV they believe Vories thought that the warning lights were activated for a freight train that that had just passed through when he was hit by the commuter train. They have started a petition drive.

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