18-Year Old and 17-Year Old Passengers Escape Train Wreck

A Wisconsin and Southern Railroad engine (photo from company web site)

It happened today in Solon Mills.

Here’s the information released by the Sheriff’s Department on 18-year old Rick Pries run-in with a Wisconsin Central train.

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Train and Car Traffic Crash

Sheriff Keith Nygren announced today the investigation of a property damage traffic crash involving a vehicle and a train.

On July 29, 2010 at 12:34 A.M. a 2008 Jeep was traveling southbound on North Solon Road in Richmond Township when it collided with a Wisconsin [and] Southern train that was crossing the roadway on the tracks.

The collision pushed the vehicle to the south of the railroad tracks.

At the time of the crash the lights and horn of the train were activated as it was backing up through the crossing.

There are railroad signals but not a gate at this railroad crossing.

The driver of the vehicle was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and the airbags did not deploy as a result of the crash.

He was issued citations for Disobeying a RR signal/flagman, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. The two passengers of the 2008 Jeep Wrangler were also uninjured in the crash.

Driver: Pries, Rick D. Age-18, 7002 Wildflower Ct., Spring Grove

Vehicle: 2008 Jeep Wrangler


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18-Year Old and 17-Year Old Passengers Escape Train Wreck — 1 Comment

  1. Dumb kids. How do you get hit by a train going 15 mph? That is ridiculous

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