LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska State troopers near Lincoln are credited with preventing a teenage boy from committing suicide by railroad train late Thursday after a high speed chase that topped 110 mph.
The 18-year old was lying on the tracks when troopers dragged him off just ahead of an approaching train.
The incident began about 8:00 on Interstate 80 in Lincoln when a trooper tried unsuccessfully to stop a small car clocked at 113 mph. The trooper ended the chase when the fleeing vehicle exited onto local surface streets, but was able to identify the driver as the Omaha teen
Another trooper spotted the vehicle in Omaha a couple hours later, the driver took off as he approached the car – running over the trooper’s foot in the process.
The driver headed west out of Omaha on I-80, but was tracked by an Omaha police department helicopter. The car left the freeway and continued west on Hwy 6, but troopers successfully deployed stop sticks..
When the vehicle came to a stop, the driver fled on foot and ran to nearby railroad tracks and laid down as a train was approaching. Troopers followed and pulled him away as the train was trying to stop. Neither the juvenile nor any troopers were injured in the incident.
The teenage driver is in the Lancaster County Jail on charges that include operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, no operator’s license, and traffic violations.