A man in a 2008 Chevy Silverado pickup truck hit a train head-on early Saturday morning.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) locomotive was stopped on the tracks in the area of Highway 51 near Adon Road, according to Campbell County Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds, when BNSF staff called just before 2 a.m. to report a pickup straddling the tracks about 25 yards from the front of the engine.
Reynolds said that the BNSF crew members initially thought it was a railroad crew vehicle driving along the tracks until it got about 40 yards from the train. After stopping briefly, the pickup allegedly revved its engine and accelerated. Witnesses reported seeing gravel fly as the truck sped along the tracks toward the train, Reynolds said, impacting head-on with the front of the engine.
The driver then reportedly slumped over the center console and remained in the driver’s seat until law enforcement and EMS arrived on scene. He refused a blood draw, according to Reynolds, so the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant.
The Campbell County Fire Department assisted, and the driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance.