Coroner identifies driver killed in car, train accident

HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) - The coroner's office has identified a 56-year-old man who died after his car was struck by a train in Hanahan early Monday morning.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury said Daniel Martin Perry of Hanhan died from blunt force body trauma.

Officers with the Hanahan Police Department say Perry was killed while crossing the train tracks at Mabeline Road and Railroad Avenue a little before 6 a.m. Monday. Officers say a freight train was stopped on the track with the crossing guard arms down, when the man drove around and was hit by an Amtrak train.

"This area is a passing zone for trains. The freight train was stopped. The warning arms were down. The motorist approached the crossing i guess figured the arms were down for that train that was stopped," Lt. Michael Fowler said. "Any loss of life is tragic. Certainly our thoughts are with the family of the drive. We can't stress enough, the arms are down for a reason, don't take the chance."

Salisbury has ruled the death accidental. The death is being investigated by the coroner's office and the Hanahan Police Department.

No other injuries were reported.

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