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Train Nearly Hits Alleged Drunk In Marseilles

Posted by wlpo on May 12, 2012

Playing chicken with a train is a deadly proposition.  Marseilles Police say a man is okay after tempting fate.

It all started around 10:30 Friday night when police got a call about a loud bang followed by a train stopping on the tracks.  The engineer told police he thought he hit someone after seeing a man walk on the tracks, “flip off” the train and then heard a thump after being unable to stop.

A search was done in the area but no body was found.  After interviewing people around Marseilles, they accused Dustin Smith of rural Marseilles for causing the scene.  He was uninjured but arrested for trespass to railroad property and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Smith was released with a court date.

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