Church van driver charged in fatal Middletown crash - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Church van driver charged in fatal Middletown crash

The 2002 Ford Passenger van ran through the crossing gate on Fourteenth Avenue (FOX19 NOW) The 2002 Ford Passenger van ran through the crossing gate on Fourteenth Avenue (FOX19 NOW)
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -

The driver in a crash that hurt nine kids and killed one adult has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury.

Judith Ashley, 62, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, endangering children and vehicular assault. She was indicted Wednesday.

Ashley was transporting nine vacation bible school students, ranging in ages seven to 10, when she crashed the church van through a crossing gate and into a freight train. It happened at the Fourteenth Avenue crossing just west of University Boulevard.

Authorities at the scene said Ashley admitted to “taking Vicodin and Adderall all day” before the July 28 crash, according to a police accident report.

The crossing gate was down and the lights were flashing when the 2002 Ford Passenger van ran through the gate. The train stopped at the crossing before proceeding at 2 mph when the van hit it, authorities said.

Front seat passenger Jan Martin was killed in the collision. The children were treated at the hospital for minor injuries. 

Copyright 2016 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries

    Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 2:41 AM EDT2018-07-17 06:41:55 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:00:17 GMT
    (Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP). This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawa...(Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP). This photo provided by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources shows damage to the roof of a tour boat after an explosion sent lava flying through the roof off the Big Island of Hawa...
    Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a...Full Story >
    Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people.Full Story >
  • Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

    Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:20 AM EDT2018-07-17 04:20:06 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-07-18 02:57:00 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.

    Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    Full Story >

    Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    Full Story >
  • California woman describes finding cliff plunge survivor

    California woman describes finding cliff plunge survivor

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 2:42 AM EDT2018-07-17 06:42:05 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 10:58 PM EDT2018-07-18 02:58:49 GMT
    (Monterey County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this Friday, July 13, 2018, photo posted on the Monterey County, Calif., Sheriff's Office Twitter feed, authorities tend to Angela Hernandez, foreground center, after she was rescued, in Morro Bay, Calif. A...(Monterey County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this Friday, July 13, 2018, photo posted on the Monterey County, Calif., Sheriff's Office Twitter feed, authorities tend to Angela Hernandez, foreground center, after she was rescued, in Morro Bay, Calif. A...

    A 23-year-old woman survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach after she swerved to avoid a small animal while driving to her sister's house.

    Full Story >

    A 23-year-old woman survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach after she swerved to avoid a small animal while driving to her sister's house.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly