UPDATE 10:31 a.m.
Gregory Long, 29, is dead and Joseph Murray, 31, has life-threatening injuries. Both residents of Furnace Road in Vermilion.
A 29-year-old Vermilion Township man is dead and a 31-year-old Vermilion man is clinging to life after a train struck their SUV at a Joppa Road crossing, according to Erie County deputies.
Deputies are still working to determine which man was driving the vehicle. It's registered to the man who is still alive.
The pair were in a Chevy Tahoe headed north on Joppa Road when at about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, at Ashmont Road, the vehicle drove around a railroad gate and was struck by a westbound train, Erie County Deputy Justin Smith said.
The collision sent the SUV off the road and into a railroad utility shed, then down into a shallow ditch. Both men were ejected from the vehicle, which came to rest upside down in the ditch.
Railroad crews quickly called authorities, who arrived to find one man dead and the other with life-threatening injuries. The survivor was loaded into a medical helicopter and flown from the scene to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Smith said.
Crews were still at the scene at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. It's unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash and the incident remains under investigation, Smith said.
Deputies had not released the victims' names as of early Thursday because they were still working to notify family members.