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Alcohol suspected in fatal train-SUV crash

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Blood-alcohol tests on Joe Murray, 31, of Vermilion Township, confirm he was intoxicated when the SUV he was in was struck by a train. Murray remains in a Toledo hospital with severe injuries.

The other person in the SUV — Gregory Long Jr., 29, also of Vermilion Township — died at the scene. Deputies are still waiting on toxicology results from the autopsy to determine if Long was intoxicated, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

The legal limit for driving in Ohio is 0.08 percent. Investigators suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash, Oliver said.

Deputies are also still trying to determine which man was driving. When the train struck their vehicle, both men were ejected from the SUV.

The Chevy Tahoe was headed north on Joppa Road when at about 10:40 p.m., near Ashmont Road, the SUV went around an actuated railroad crossing and was struck by a westbound train.

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