A driver of a church van told fire officials she had been “taking Vicodin and Adderall all day” before a deadly crash in Middletown, according to an accident report.
Judith Ashley, 62, was transporting nine vacation bible school students, ranging in ages 7 to 10, when she crashed through a crossing gate and into the side of a freight train. The accident happened July 28 at Fourteenth Avenue.
Jan Martin, the front seat passenger, was killed in the crash. The children suffered minor injuries.
Charges are pending against Ashley, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety accident report.
She told two firefighters about the Vicodin and Adderall use while being assessed at the scene. A blood sample was sent to the Ohio Crime Lab for drug analysis.
Investigators have not determined why Ashley crashed into the train. The impact damaged the side of the CSX engine and bent the crossing gate in half.