Victim identified in car vs. train crash in Hanahan

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCIV)-- The coroner has identified the victim of a fatal car vs. train crash that happened in Hanahan Monday morning.

The coroner's office says 56-year-old Daniel Martin Perry of Hanahan was pronounced dead on the scene by Coroner Bill Salisbury.

The coroner says Perry died from blunt force body trauma and his death has been ruled accidental.

Police in Hanahan also say the early morning crash was most likely an accident.{}

Lieutenant Michael Fowler with Hanahan Police department said the driver of the car was approaching the tracks near Mabeline Rd. and Railroad Ave. just before 6:00 a.m.

A freight train was stopped at the tracks as the crossing arms began to come down.

Lt. Fowler said Perry most likely believed the crossing signal was for that train and failed to notice a second Amtrak train on the tracks.

As the train approached, police say Perry attempted to drive around the flashing lights and gates at the railroad crossing. That's when the train hit the car killing Perry.

"Those arms go down for a reason," Lt. Fowler said. "Do not try and go around them, its just not worth it."

Stay with ABC News 4 for more on this developing story.

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