OTTAWA — A Glandorf woman died when her car was struck by a train early Tuesday morning.
Victoria L. Barlage, 63, was driving a 2011 Buick Lacrosse east on Road N-8 over the railroad tracks just east of state Route 65, between Ottawa and Columbus Grove, when a southbound CSX train struck her car at 4:56 a.m. Tuesday, according to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Putnam County Coroner Dr. Jennifer Maag.
The train’s horn was used, and its headlights were on, according to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The crossing gates were also down and flashing at the time of the crash.
Barlage worked for more than 30 years as a bus driver for Ottawa-Glandorf schools, according to her obituary, which said she had a special bond with students riding her bus and always had a smile on her face. She leaves behind her high school sweetheart and husband, Steven Barlage, three daughters and seven grandchildren. Her mother, Anna Mae Morman, survives in Ottawa.
Her funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Gateway Church, Findlay.
There was no damage to the train or railroad property. The engineer of the train, John E. Mansfield, 45, of Elida, was not injured, while the Buick sustained heavy damage.
Barlage was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.