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Victims Cited Over Memorial Day Train Crash>

Elm Grove Police have cited both Monica and Scott Partenfelder over a train crash this past Memorial Day. The crash left Scott and Elm Grove Police Officer John Krahn seriously hurt.
/ Source: WTMJ-TV and JSOnline.com

Elm Grove Police have cited both Monica and Scott Partenfelder over a train crash this past Memorial Day. The crash left Scott and Elm Grove Police Officer John Krahn seriously hurt.

ELM GROVE - Elm Grove Police have cited both Monica and Scott Partenfelder over a train crash this past Memorial Day. The crash left Scott and Elm Grove Police Officer John Krahn seriously hurt.

Police cited Monica for stopping on the tracks. The citation carries a $63 fine. Authorities cited Scott Partenfelder for driving on a revoked license. That is a $361 fine with three points assessed.

Police say on the morning of Memorial Day, traffic on Juneau Blvd. was stop and go. Monica was following her husband Scott, who was driving his own car.

Investigators say Monica drove onto the tracks before the crossing gates went down. When the gates went down, she tried to move her car off the tracks and got stuck.

Scott Partenfelder and Officer John Krahn were able to get her out of her car. They were still trying to get the Partenfelder's 2-year-old son out of the car when the train hit. The boy was not hurt.

People in Elm Grove have mixed opinions about whether or not Monica Ensley-Partenfelder deserved to be ticketed for the crash.

"No one wants to blame her," David Curro said. "In life, things just happen. I think society is too enthralled with finding someone to blame for misfortune."

"I think it was rightly justified. She did stop on the tracks, which is wrong, so she deserves the fine," said Dean Alsteen.

Through the investigation, Elm Grove Police learned Scott Partenfelder hasn't had a valid driver's license since 1994. Court records show he was in two accidents in the 1990s and didn't pay approximately $13,000 in damages.

Police say at the time of the crash, the train was operating within guidelines. The crossing gates and Monica's car were both in proper working condition.