A grisly collision with a train took the life of a Wellington man Thursday evening.
Nicholas Roberts, 18, was driving south on Pitts Road in Wellington Township around 8:15 p.m. when he struck a guardrail and careened into the side of a westbound CSX train, according to Lt. Carlos Smith of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The 2000 Chevy Malibu then drove off the right side of the roadway and overturned.
Roberts was thrown from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Wellington firefighters and police officers, CSX workers, South Lorain County Ambulance District medics, D&A Towing, and Lorain County coroner Stephen Evans responded to the incident.
Smith wasn’t sure how far the teen was thrown from the vehicle. He said crash reconstructionists were going to the scene Friday morning.
Frank Miller, chief deputy coroner, said the cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries to the head, body, and extremities.
Roberts was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor but Smith said the patrol is investigating all aspects of the wreck.
Roberts was a 2015 graduate of Wellington High School.
He also joined the village public works department staff in May as one of superintendent Bob Brasee’s nine summer help employees. He had about a month of work left with the department and was just chipping brush yesterday.
Brasee said Roberts was a hard worker and co-workers are are taking the news of his death hard: “Everyone liked him. I don’t think he ever missed a day of work.”
Brasee isn’t sure whether Roberts was enrolled in college, but he did mention a desire to travel.
Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.