MADISON, Tenn. – A man was hit by a train after he drove his car onto the tracks, past the downed crossing arms, according to Metro police.
It happened just after 10:15 p.m in Madison, Tuesday.
After the collision, the driver, Charles Patton, walked to a gas station a half-mile away and called his sister.
“All I know is he called, said he had been hit by a train and I was like, ‘Why haven’t you called an ambulance?’ And I think the scare just kind of confused him because I picked him up at the Shell station,” said Patton’s sister Oretha said.
Oretha Patton drove her brother back to the stopped train and his smashed up car on Williams Avenue, not too far from North Gallatin Pike.
Police arrested and charged Patton with failure to give information/render aid, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of accident-damage over $500 and driving with a revoked license.
According to an affidavit, Patton said he “saw the train intersection arms were down but sometimes they are down without a train coming.” He also stated, according to the affidavit, that he did not see a train coming and proceeded across the tracks.
Officers said they charged Patton with reckless endangerment because his actions “placed the train driver and persons living in the area in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury.”
“At approximately 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, a CSX train bound for Chicago, IL struck a vehicle on the tracks at Williams Avenue and Gallatin Pike in Nashville, TN. There were no injuries to the crew of the train and no damage, leaks or spills of any freight. Nashville Metro Police Department responded to the scene and CSX personnel are supporting their investigation. The train was traveling from Waycross, GA with two locomotives and 183 freight cars.”
At last check, Patton was jailed on a $2,000 bond.