Hot Wednesday/10 Kids Hurt When Van Hits Train/Shoot-Don't Shoot

Hot Wednesday/10 Kids Hurt When Van Hits Train/Shoot-Don't Shoot

HOT HOT HOT! Starting off warm—we could be at 80 degrees by 9 AM and getting hotter all day. Clouds roll in in the afternoon. Chance of showers and maybe storms or two anytime around 7pm and through the few hours leading up to midnight.  But…don't hold your breath for rain because only a lucky few will see rain! Thursday will be cooler and not as humid but still warm like a sunny day!

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. High: 91


THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and pretty. Not as humid! High: 85

A 62-year-old woman is dead and 10 others, including 9 children, were hospitalized when a van coming from a Bible school collided with a train Tuesday night in Middletown, Ohio. A front seat passenger in the van, Jan Martin, died shortly after she was taken to Atrium Medical Center, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The westbound 2002 Ford Passenger van ran through the crossing gate on Fourteenth Avenue west of University Boulevard and hit the side of an approaching southbound CSX train about 6:45 p.m., troopers said. The crossing gate was down and the lights were flashing, but authorities suspect the driver of the van, Judith Ashley, 62, of Middletown, was somehow distracted. The train stopped at the crossing before proceeding at 2 mph when the van hit it. Nine children ranging in age from 7 to 10 were riding in the van and hurt. All suffered non-life threatening injuries and are expected to recover.

Our week of special reports, called "Shoot - Don't Shoot", airs in 19 Action News at 11 p.m., starting Monday, July 27. Viewers will vote on what they would do in the split second scenario at The results will be revealed in the following day's 11 p.m. newscast.  The four Northeast Ohio residents that participated in the "Shoot-Don't Shoot" training exercise includes: Akron City Council Woman Tara Mosley-Samples; Bob Frantz, who hosts The Bob Frantz Authority on 1420 am The Answer; Erika Lauren, who stars on the Alan Cox Show on 100.7 WMMS; and Community Activist Norm Edwards, President of the American Center for Economic Equality.

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Julia Tullos