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Three Found Dead After Crash On West Side

Railroad crossing sign
Robert Couse-Baker

Columbus Police now say it was a single-vehicle crash and not a train-involved incident that killed three people on the West Side early Friday.

Police initially said the three were killed when a vehicle collided with a train at a crossing on Trabue Road near McKinley Avenue. At a press conference Friday, Lt. Paul Weiner said officers at the scene quickly discovered there were no trains involved.

"For reasons unknown (the vehicle) left the roadway. It actually didn’t cross the tracks and kind of paralleled the tracks and rolled numerous times. All three victims were ejected," Weiner said.

Weiner said the car traveled more than 100 yards after leaving the roadway. He also downplayed reports of cash floating around the scene, estimating there were only 8-10 bills total.

"There was some cash but we don't know what the relevance of that is, it could've been from one of the victims, just loose cash. Again, that's something the investigators will have to decide," Weiner said.

Police also now say it appears the crash happened during the evening hours and was discovered once the sun rose Friday morning.

This article will be updated as the story develops.

Nick Evans was a reporter at WOSU's 89.7 NPR News. He spent four years in Tallahassee, Florida covering state government before joining the team at WOSU.