Driver dies after collision with train in southern Jackson County

A 21-year-old Austin man has died after his vehicle was struck by a train near Crothersville Monday evening.

Dawson A. Vest was pronounced dead by the Jefferson County, Kentucky coroner’s office shortly after 1 a.m. this morning, according to Indiana State Police.

Troopers say that the accident happened near the Jackson and Scott county line at about 6:30 p.m. Monday when Vest drove his car into the path of a northbound CSX train on Jackson County Road 775S, just west of U.S. 31. The train hit the car in the driver’s side, rolling the vehicle and ejecting Vest from the wreckage.

He was flown by PHI Medical Helicopter to a Louisville hospital.

Troopers say that the crossing included warning signs and stop signs. The road was closed for about three hours while the wreckage was cleaned up.

Photo courtesy of Indiana State Police.