Police charge two men after train hits pickup truck

(WBIR-Knoxville) No one was injured when a train hit a pickup truck in a downtown Knoxville train yard Saturday night.

However, police arrested the two occupants of the truck charging them with public intoxication and criminal trespass.

Police say the two men blame the GPS system they were using for directing them to the train yard and onto the train tracks. Both 27-year-old Dustin Collins 22-year-old Zackary Peabody told police the truck then became stuck on the tracks.

The two were out of the vehicle when the train hit the truck. In a press release, a KPD spokesman says the two were intoxicated. Also there was alcohol found in the vehicle. The pair told police they started drinking after the wreck.

When officers arrived, they say the truck was still on the tracks behind the Foundry near the World's Fair Park. The train was able to stop before arriving at the Broadway viaduct.

Norfolk Southern Railroad Police assisted with the investigation.

The wreck disrupted train traffic for two hours.


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