WYOMING, Del.- Delaware State Police say a freight train plowed into a pickup truck that got stuck across the railroad tracks in Kent County early Wednesday morning.
Troopers said the incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. as 32-year-old Jacob J. Founds of Dover was operating a 1986 Ford Ranger southbound on North Railroad Avenue attempting to turn eastbound on West Camden-Wyoming Avenue in the town of Wyoming. According to police, Found began his turn too soon and lodged his pickup across the tracks north of the roadway. Investigators said the pickup became disabled and Founds got out of the truck and attempted to push it off the track to no avail.
Police said the railroad tracks were cleared of any pedestrians as a northbound Norfolk Southern train pulling 99 empty hopper cars was approaching and unable to stop in time. Authorities said the train struck the pickup on the right rear, spinning it clockwise and pushing approximately 30 feet. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.
When troopers arrived on the scene, they took Founds into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol and no proof of insurance.
Following the crash, the Delaware Department of Transportation re-routed traffic onto Front Street due to Southern Boulevard and West Camden-Wyoming Avenue being blocked by the train.
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