Gary man survives Hobart train/truck crash

2013-10-01T00:00:00Z Gary man survives Hobart train/truck crashDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A 43-year-old Gary man was uninjured after he ran through a railroad gate crossing and was hit by a moving train in Hobart, police said.

Eric Goad was charged through Hobart City Court with failure to stop at a train crossing and operating while intoxicated refusal, Hobart police Sgt. Jeremy Ogden said.

The wreck, in the 400 block of Main Street just south of City Hall, was reported to police at 10:46 p.m. Sunday.

When police arrived, Goad was walking around and identified himself as the owner of the damaged red Ford truck facing east on the train tracks, Ogden said. 

Goad told police the crossing gate wasn't down when he tried to cross headed northbound on Main Street.

Police could not find any evidence of malfunction to the crossing light and a portion of the gate remained affixed to the front of Goad's truck, Ogden said. 

Police conducted field sobriety tests on Goad and tests showed signs of impairment. Goad refused to take a Breathalyzer test, Ogden said.

Police arrested Goad and ordered his truck impounded. It sustained heavy front end damage.

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