A young Omaha man has been charged with driving drunk, reckless driving, and trespassing after he attempted to cross train tracks, getting his vehicle high-centered, abandoning it, only to have it struck by a train.
The Nebraska State Patrol says 21-year-old Jim Pinkman, Jr. tried to cross the tracks in Greenwood early Sunday morning at an area which has no crossing.
NSP says Pinkman left the vehicle after it got stuck on the tracks to get help to get it off the tracks. The driver returned to the vehicle but couldn’t get it off the tracks before a train approached. The conductor saw the vehicle, attempted to slow down, but couldn’t stop before hitting the vehicle.
The train pushed the vehicle more than 500 feet. Nobody was in or near the vehicle, according to NSP, and no one was hurt.
Troopers dispatched to the scene determined Pinkman was under the influence of alcohol. Pinkman was arrested for driving under the influence. He was also cited for reckless driving and trespassing. Pinkman has been jailed in Cass County.