A 19 year old La Vista man was killed Monday after being hit by a train near 118th and Olive Streets. Nicholas Wilson and several friends were walking on a Burlington North Santa Fe Railroad rail trestle over the Papio Creek around 8:40 p.m. when a train approached. La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten says it appears that Wilson saved a friends life.
Chief Lausten says, “The preliminary information we have is when the train was coming the three young men were on the trestle. One was able to jump to safety. The two other ones were farther back. It appears at the time almost before impact the victim was able to push his buddy off. The kid that was pushed off actually survived with some injuries however the train impacted the victim and he was killed at the scene.”
18 year old Dylan McHenry was airlifted to a hospital and is now in fair condition. 18 year old Edward Zielinski jumped into the creek and was not hurt. All three graduated this year from Papillion La Vista South High School.
That area is referred to as “Oz” by local teenagers. There is a small waterfall that goes through the west branch of the Papio Creek and the train trestle rides above that. Chief Lausten says for the past ten years they know people have visited that area. There are several trails that cross through there. It is also a popular fishing spot.
Chief Lausten says they will be working with the Papio-Missouri River NRD and BNSF Railroad and try to prevent access to this location.