Death investigation following Elkhart car and train crash continues

The Elkhart County Coroner has not ruled the manner of death of a man who was killed in a car and train crash in Elkhart May 2.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart County Coroner has not ruled a manner of death of a man who died in a car and train crash May 2. 

Michael McMannis, 33, of Elkhart, was pronounced dead at the scene after his car was hit by a train at the railroad crossing near C.R. 13 and C.R. 45. 

McMannis was driving south on C.R. 13 and drove his van around the crossing gates, moving into the train's path. 

Emergency units, including the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Concord medics, and officials from Norfolk Southern, were dispatched to the scene at about 11:13 a.m.

Police are still trying to determine why McMannis drove around the gates. 

County Coroner John White said he has not made a final ruling in the case. He said a toxicology test was ordered but not an autopsy. 

It can take up to 12 business days for the coroner's office to receive results from the toxicology test. 

McMannis was born in Elkhart. He was an avid NASCAR and racing enthusiast and he raced at the New Paris and Kalamazoo, Mich., speedways for many years, according to his obituary. 

The family is asking for memorial donations to be given to his children who are in care of their uncle, Calvin Kelley. 

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