Police: 10-Year-Old Driving When Car Hit by Train

5 years 11 months 20 minutes ago May 27, 2011 May 27, 2011 Friday, May 27 2011 Friday, May 27, 2011 6:15:50 AM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

CHILLICOTHE (AP) - Police say a northwest Missouri man allowed a 10-year-old girl to drive a car carrying four other children that was struck by a freight train. No one was hurt in the accident Tuesday near Chillicothe.

Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox says 31-year-old Erin Graves of Chula was cited for five misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The Missouri highway patrol says the driver accelerated to try and avoid train but didn't make it all the way across the tracks. Cox says Graves claimed he was driving but later admitted the
10-year-old was driving. The relationship between the children and Graves was not clear.

The St. Joseph News-Press reported Friday Graves was the only one in the car old enough to have a driver's license.

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