UPDATE: 17-year-old Austin HS student dies after train-vehicle crash

AUSTIN, Ind. — A second person has now died after a crash between a car and train in Southern Indiana.

17-year-old Hannah Combs was pronounced dead Sunday, Feb. 3 at around 11:47 a.m by Jefferson County Coroner’s office. According to ISP, the family is planning to donate Combs organs. She was a passenger in a car that collided with a CSX train Feb. 1 at around 5 p.m. Indiana State Police said the 2005 Nissan carrying two adults and a juvenile was traveling on Christie Road.

The driver, 22-year-old Stephanie Trabue of Scottsburg, was pronounced dead at the scene. 20-year-old Karli Rose is still in the hospital with serious injuries.

“It’s sad that we have to deal with this and it is a tragedy,” Superintendent of Scott County School District, Trevor Jones said. “[Hannah] has a lot of family and a lot of friends here in our school district.”

Jones said they had counselors at the school Monday to provide additional support.

“There’s a lot of roads that we have here that does cross the tracks,” Jones said. “We will continue and we have in the past to talk about safety, especially concerning the railroad crossing.”

The crash is still under investigation.

The intersection where the crash happened does not have crossing arms, but instead just two stop signs. ISP says it is not a safety violation adding the local county/state highway department reviews and approves signage at railroad crossings.

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