Driver Arrested After Train Hits Car In Greenwood

LINCOLN — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested a man after his vehicle was struck by a train in Greenwood on Sunday.

Investigators say the driver of Lincoln MKZ attempted to cross the train tracks at an area that does not have a crossing for vehicles. The MKZ became high-centered and stuck on the tracks around 6:45 a.m.

The driver then left the car in an attempt to get help to remove the vehicle from the tracks. The driver returned, but was unable to remove the car from the tracks before a train approached. The train engineer noticed that something was on the tracks and attempted to stop the train.

The train slowed considerably, but struck the car and pushed it more than 500 feet. Nobody was in or near the car at the time of the crash and nobody was injured.

Troopers say the driver of the MKZ was Jim Pinkman Jr., 21, of Omaha.
Pinkman was lodged in Cass County Jail for suspicion of driving under the influence.

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