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Students, Teachers Mourn Train Crash Victim

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Students and teachers at Milton Area High School are grieving the loss of one of their own Tuesday as police try to determine how the car she was in collided with a train Monday afternoon in Milton.

Police said Maxine Eschbach, 17, was riding in the car Monday when it was hit by a train and dragged for two blocks. She was a junior at the high school.

Tuesday counseling was available at the high school for students, staff and family members.

The car  ended up along Mahoning Street in Milton. Police reconstructed a crash between a train and a car. Police said the train and car actually collided two blocks away, on Center Street.

Eschbach was a passenger in the car. The 16-year-old driver was hurt.  Friends said she was a junior at Milton Area and hoped to go to Bucknell University.

Newswatch 16 spoke to a representative from the railroad company, Norfolk Southern.  There are no gates at the Center Street crossing, but the railroad spokesman said the flashing lights at the crossing were working at the time of the crash.

The Milton Area school superintendent said students were given the opportunity to speak to counselors. Some of the high school students said school was very difficult.

"It was quiet and sad and a lot of my friends were crying on my shoulder.  Everyone was crying. There was help in the library if you needed help," said junior Audrina Jackson.

"I actually had one class with her. I didn't go in. Tomorrow's not going to be the same without her sitting in her seat," said sophomore Linda Kriner.

The name of the 16-year-old driver has not been made public, but police said she is at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville in serious but stable condition.