Randolph County investigators will determine if alcohol played a role in an early morning car/train crash in Farmland that killed two teenager and injured a third.
Kris Kiser, 17, was at the wheel of the car as it slammed into the side of a westbound train at the Plum Street crossing in downtown Farmland.
Also killed was Amber Morrow, 17, a cheerleader at Monroe Central Junior-Senior High School where Kiser played football.
Injured was Josh Ponder, 18, also a student and the father of a one-year-old boy.
"He loved football," said Kiser's friend Brock Rings as he stood at the accident scene. "He loved getting out there and cheering the guys on, making sure everybody was going through the game."
Farmland Town Marshal Melvin Nott returned from Dayton where Ponder was hospitalized after surgery on a broken arm.
"He was trapped between the door, the dash and the roof of the car all at the same time," said Nott. "It was a horrific crash."
Nott said there were several Halloween parties in Randolph County Saturday night and it will take several weeks for full autopsy results to determine if alcohol was involved in the crash.
The marshal said the crew of the train did not see the car before the crash.
"The car actually drove into the side of the train."
Nott said this is the first crash he's seen in 12 years on the Farmland railroad tracks.
Rings hopes this accident awakens teens to the dangers of driving late at night and trying to beat the train to the crossing.
"There's no crossing guards so these kids,they don't slow down. They speed up, try to beat it. Stuff like this happens."
There'll be a prayer vigil in the high school gymnasium 6 p.m. Monday.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times