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A Port Lavaca man was killed Wednesday night after his vehicle collided with a train on SH 185.

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James Daniel Gravis Jr., 57, was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Calvin Anderle at 11:05 p.m. after he was transported to the Memorial Medical Center.

Gravis was crossing railroad track number 448522N off the highway in front of the Dow Chemical Plant when he failed to yield to the train, said Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The train struck his Chevrolet Silverado as a result and pushed the vehicle into a grassy ditch.
Gravis was traveling with a passenger, Ebony Valadez, a 33-year-old Port Lavaca resident, who was transported by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office to the hospital to be with him, San Miguel said.

Officials with the Union Pacific Railroad Company, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, EMS and Calhoun County Office of Emergency Management were on the scene in addition to the Texas Department of Public Safety, which is still investigating the crash.

The train wasn’t traveling “very fast” and warning lights were working at the crossing, San Miguel said.

The driver is believed to have been distracted as of Wednesday night investigation, he said.

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