Man cited after pickup truck hits train in Ark City

Thomas Carver, Cowley Courier Traveler

ARK CITY, Kan. No one was injured, but police ticketed a 35-year-old man in connection with a Monday-night crash involving a pickup truck and a train.

The Ark City Police Department says Darin Jake Pinion, 35, "was cited for failure to obey a railroad crossing signal, failure of duty to report an accident or render aid, no proof of insurance and reckless driving."

Police say about 7 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a report of a vehicle that was struck by a train in the 1000 block of South F Street. Upon arrival, police say officers learned the truck actually struck the train.

"The tan 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling at a 'high rate of speed' when it struck the train, which was westbound on the tracks and traveling about 5 mph," Ark City police say.

Police say the train's crew reported warning lights and signals were operational at the time of the crash.

Police say the train's crew reported Pinion fled the scene on foot.

"Based on the vehicle's registration information, officers began to search the area and contact known family members," police say.

Police say officers found Pinion at his home east of Ark City after searching for him for about an hour.

"He was interviewed regarding the accident and citations were issued through Arkansas City Municipal Court," police say.