Newberry Township Police continue to investigate a Saturday train crash that killed a Mechanicsburg woman and injured her boyfriend and their young child.
An autopsy Monday at Allentown's Lehigh Valley Hospital determined Cori E. Sisti, 23, of Falcoln Drive, died of multiple injuries, according to York County Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley. He has ruled her death accidental.
She was pronounced dead at the scene of the Cly Road crash.
Sisti's live-in boyfriend, Akim S. Jones-Williams, 26, was flown to York Hospital by medical helicopter after the crash. He was in satisfactory condition there Monday, a York Hospital spokesman said.
Their 2-year-old daughter was flown to Hershey Medical Center with critical injuries, police have said. Her name has not been released.
Answers sought: Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said there are many answers investigators are still looking for.
"We don't know who was driving," he said. "It's clear to us they didn't yield to the train. But we don't know why."
Police said the family was in a Mitsubishi Outlander about 4:45 p.m., traveling eastbound on a private access road to the river just off the 1200 block of Cly Road when they drove onto the tracks and were struck by a Norfolk Southern train.
Their SUV was basically scooped up by the train's "pilot," more commonly called a cowcatcher, and thrown 75 feet into a wooded area, the chief said.
The SUV was destroyed and ended up on its side, he said.
Man out of vehicle: When officers arrived, Jones-Williams was outside the car, though investigators aren't yet sure whether he was thrown during the crash or whether he climbed out, according to Snyder.
Jones-Williams was conscious but appeared badly hurt and was unable to answer officers' questions at the scene, the chief said.
Inside the SUV were Sisti and her child, both unbelted, according to Snyder.
He said it's not yet known whether the toddler had been in a car seat at the time of the crash, and said a car seat was found in the wreckage.
People who were nearby at the time of the crash reported hearing the train sound its warning whistle as it approached, according to the chief.
"These trains sound their whistles and they slow down (as they approach crossings)," Snyder said. "They're required to."
No warning lights: There are no warning lights or gates at that railroad crossing.
People need to understand how dangerous it is to cross in front of trains, the chief said.
"It takes a very long time for them to get stopped," he said.
Snyder said when a driver is stopped in front of the tracks, he or she should be able to see an oncoming train from either direction.
"We don't have a lot of accidents at our (railroad) crossings," Snyder said. "We've had some, including some fatalities, but not very many."
Other railroad crossings in the police department's jurisdiction include those in York Haven and Goldsboro.
A full accident reconstruction is being done and investigators are looking for eyewitnesses, Snyder said.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call police at (717) 938-2608.
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