Vehicle hits train near Michigan City, driver in serious condition
LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. – A 27-year-old man was taken to the hospital with a broken arm, broken ribs, and a punctured lung early Sunday morning after he reportedly drove his vehicle into the side of a train.
According to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the Holmesville Road crossing of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, five miles south of Michigan City around 8 a.m.
Upon arriving deputies found Kyle Resetar pulled from his crashed, green 2000 GMC truck.
A witness told officials as they were waiting for a train to pass at the crossing, Resetar allegedly drove his vehicle around the other cars and crashed into the side of the passing train – all without braking.
The witness said the crossing arms were down and the lights were working at that crossing.
LPCSO says the train was traveling at approximately 50 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
Resetar was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony’s Hospital in Michigan City in serious condition. He tested a .28% BAC during a preliminary blood alcohol test.
He will be charged for operating while intoxicated through the La Porte County Prosecutor’s Office.
Deputies note that this is the second train and vehicle-involved crash in the last two weeks.
"It is very concerning to us that this is the second time in a little over two weeks that a driver has disregarded the crossing gates. Even more troubling is the fact that the driver in today's crash was three and a half time the limit to operate a vehicle on the road and at 8:00 AM no less. This type of irresponsible behavior leads to exactly what we see the morning; a young man who is luck to be alive,” said Sheriff John Boyd, LPCSO.