Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 20, 2013

Kokomo man injured in train crash

Peru man airlifted from accident scene near Tipton.

Staff reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — GOLDSMITH — Two men, one from Kokomo and the other Peru, suffered injuries after the garbage truck they were operating was struck by a Norfolk Southern train Monday morning in rural Tipton County.

Tipton County deputies said Richard Inman, 57, Kokomo, was driving a Waste Management garbage truck when it was struck by a train at around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Meridian Street and 100 South in the small town of Goldsmith, west of Tipton. Zachary Miller, 26, Peru, was a passenger in the truck.

Norfolk Southern spokesman David Pidgeon did not know the direction of travel for the locomotive towing nine full cars. The track speed in that area is 50 mph, he said.

Miller was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Waste Management spokeswoman Beth Schmucker said he suffered severe injuries to his legs. Schmucker said Inman suffered minor abrasions to his face.

The two-person train crew of John Skinner, 60, Peru, and Scott Atchinson, 49, Muncie, was not injured. The train began moving again at about 10 a.m.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.