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Monday, December 10, 2018

Lowhill Twp man killed when train hits his vehicle

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON in Police Log

A Lowhill Township man died after his vehicle collided with a train 5:23 a.m. Dec. 14 at the West Penn Avenue railroad crossing in Alburtis.

Marc Tobash, 28, was pronounced dead that day at 6:40 a.m. by Lehigh County Deputy Coroner Jason Nicholas, according to Coroner Scott Grim.

Grim said the cause of Tobash’s death was due to multiple traumatic injuries.

The manner of his death was ruled an accident, Grim said.

Alburtis Police Chief Robert Palmer said in a telephone interview with The Press Dec. 18 the intersection where the crash happened is controlled by flashing lights.

A bell sounds to warn drivers of an approaching train, he stated, adding the locomotive which struck Tobash’s vehicle was pulling car carriers.

The roads were snow covered at the time of the accident, Palmer said.

Police investigation of the incident included review of surveillance video from nearby borough dumpsters.

The intersection where the accident happened has been the location of other incidents involving trains and vehicles, Palmer said, including a few involving vehicles getting stuck on the tracks.

Palmer asks motorists to be “more careful” at the intersection.