Woman seriously injured in alcohol-related crash

Victim airlifted to hospital after her vehicle gets hit by train.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Oct 8, 2012

A Rocky River woman was severely injured after her vehicle was hit by a train on South Danbury Road near Danbury in Ottawa County.

Tiffany M. Fischer, 33, received incapacitating injuries and was transported from the scene by the Toledo St. Vincent LifeFlight helicopter to the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. A hospital operator said she could not provide information about Fischer’s condition.

Fischer was driving a 2011 Honda Accord south on South Danbury Road.

As she crossed the Norfolk and Southern Railroad crossing, her vehicle stopped on the railroad tracks. She exited her vehicle and was standing along the driver’s side of the car as a Norfolk and Southern train approached from the west. 

According to Ohio State Patrol troopers, Fischer was waving her arms to alert the engineer of the 72-car train that her car was on the tracks. The train was unable to stop before striking the unoccupied Honda.  The force of the collision caused the car to spin counterclockwise, striking Fischer. She and the car were pushed off the tracks near the crossing and the train came to a stop about 2,100 feet east of the crossing. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by officers from Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Danbury Police Department, Lakeside Fire and EMS, the Marblehead Fire Department, and representatives of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad.

The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers said they believe alcohol to be a factor in the crash. Charges are pending.