A crushed patrol cruiser was the only damage after a Nebraska State Patrol trooper lost control of the vehicle and it ended up on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks near Melbeta Saturday night.
According to a release from the NSP, the trooper encountered ice on the roadway near the intersection of Wrights Gap Road and Highway 92 around 7:00 p.m. The trooper was unable to stop the vehicle at a stop sign and traveled through the intersection before the vehicle came to rest on train tracks on the opposite side of the highway.
The trooper notified dispatch of the situation and attempted to contact the railroad to make notification that a vehicle was stuck on the tracks. However, a short time later a train approached and struck the vehicle. Nobody was inside the vehicle at the time of the collision.
NSP has asked the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office to handle the accident investigation, while NSP officials conduct an internal review.