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UPDATE: Police name South Bend man killed in collision with train

October 08, 2012|By Ted Land (, Click here to friend Ted on Facebook | By Ted Land (, Click here to friend Ted on Facebook
  • An SUV was hit by a South Shore Line passenger train, Sunday night, in St. Joseph County. A 22 year old man who was driving the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
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ST. JOSEPH COUNTY -- Police have released the identity of a 22-year-old man killed Sunday night when his SUV was hit by a South Shore Line passenger train.

Emergency crews were called to the scene just after 8 pm at the intersection of Pine Rd. and Ardmore Trail in St. Joseph County.

Police say 204 people were on board the train. None were hurt.

The SUV was thrown several yards, landing on its roof.

The driver, Ryan Voreis of South Bend, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released Sunday night because police were still notifying family members.

The train, which was traveling 70 miles per hour in a 79 mile per hour zone, was headed eastbound, due in at South Bend airport at 8:14 pm, police said.

The train left Chicago at 4:43 pm CST.

Police say there was no indication that the crossing arms and lights were malfunctioning at the time of the crash.


"I was laying there asleep and I heard a big bump," said Lacranston Durham, a passenger, "and before you know it the train flew kind of backwards."

The train stopped roughly one hundred yards from the crossing. It waited there for at least an hour while crews inspected the cars for damage.

Damage to the train was minimal, police said, and it was allowed to continue on to the South Bend airport, where it arrived around 10 pm.

The South Shore train’s conductor and engineer were the only two witnesses to the collision, police said, though they believe a video camera on the train may have captured the moment of impact.

A freight train was traveling westbound on a nearby set of tracks when the South Shore train struck the SUV, police said.

The crossing has since reopened to both rail and vehicle traffic.

Saturday and Sunday were busy days for the South Shore line, which ran extra passenger trains to carry people to the Notre Dame football game in Chicago.

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