Train/Car Collision Leads To DUI Arrest

The scene in Greenwood on Sunday, March 11, 2018, of when a train hit a car that was high-centered on the tracks in Greenwood. (Courtesy of the Nebraska State Patrol)

A 21-year-old Omaha man is in jail, after his car was hit by a train Sunday morning in Greenwood, about 20 minutes northeast of Lincoln.

The Nebraska State Patrol said in a news release the collision happened around 6:45am, when Jim Pinkman, Jr. tried to cross the tracks at a crossing where no vehicles have any access.

Pinkman’s Lincoln MKZ got high-centered on the tracks.  He apparently left the car to try and get help to get the vehicle off the tracks.  The Patrol says Pinkman came back, but couldn’t get the car off the tracks before the train approached.  The engineer of the train saw something on the tracks and tried to stop the train.

As the train slowed down, it hit the car and pushed it more than 500 feet.  No one was in or close to the car at the time of the crash.  No injuries were reported.

Pinkman was arrested on suspicion of DUI and cited for reckless driving and trespassing.  Troopers determined Pinkman had been drinking alcohol.  He was put in the Cass County Jail.

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