Train Hits Abandoned Vehicle West of Effingham Overnight
Published on January 4 2014 8:31 am
Last Updated on January 5 2014 8:46 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
A freight train struck a vehicle abandoned on the tracks west of Effingham early Saturday morning.
The incident was reported at 12:48am on the CSX crossing at Lake Sara Road near Putnam Trucking, just north off US 40. State police report a SUV had been abandoned on the tracks and was struck by the freight train. Authorities later located the driver of the abandoned vehicle, 31-year-old Wallace A. Darko, Jr. of Effingham. Darko was arrested on counts of DUI, criminal trespass to a vehicle, driving while his license is revoked, and reckless driving. He was taken to Effingham County Jail.
No one on the freight train was injured.