Church van driver charged in fatal Middletown crash

Church van driver charged in fatal Middletown crash

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.

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