First responders were summoned to a railroad crossing about two miles west of Gibbon at 8:59am Friday where a pickup-train collision had occurred.
Buffalo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Gibbs says and eastbound Union Pacific train struck a pickup causing it to spin around away from the tracks.
Inattention is believed to have been a contributing factor in the accident and the 62-year-old male driver was cited on suspicion of a railroad crossing violation. The crossing has railroad crossbuck signage along with a stop sign. He was the only occupant of the pickup. Neither he nor the two-person train crew were injured.
In a Tweet, the Nebraska State Patrol reports the driver was fortunate to walk away. They remind drivers to “watch for trains and do not try to beat them at crossings.”
Gibbon Fire and Rescue and Union Pacific Special Agent also responded to the scene.
Scene of pickup-train collision near Gibbon Friday morning, July 3, 2020.
(From Nebraska State Patrol Troop C)