GREENE COUNTY, Ind. — Matthew Pugh, a 23-year-old Carlisle resident, was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital Jan. 11 after his vehicle was hit by a train in Linton.
According to local authorities, Pugh was southbound on County Road 1375 W near the intersection of County Road 50 N when a train smashed into the passenger side of his 2021 Dodge Charger. The collision happened at about 5:30 p.m.
An ambulance transported the driver to Greene County General Hospital. Air Evac 39 later transported him to Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.
Authorities have not released any additional information about their ongoing investigation into how the crash occurred or updates on Pugh’s condition.
Commentary on the Auto-Train Collision that Left Mr. Matthew Pugh Injured
I am pleased to learn Mr. Matthew Pugh survived this accident. Every year, nearly 1000 people are killed in train-related accidents. A good majority of those deaths encompass auto-train collisions similar to the one here.
Many questions come to mind when considering this accident. The most critical question is why the vehicle was on the tracks with an approaching train. There are a variety of reasons this could occur. Perhaps the tracks were not protected by a guard rail, and Mr. Pugh did not see the train approaching. Alternatively, the tracks could have been covered by a guard rail, and Mr. Pugh attempted to beat the train. It is also possible that Mr. Pugh’s vehicle broke down at an unfortunate time. It is not uncommon for mechanical failure to stall a vehicle.
We must wait for further details before determining what happened here. Until then, I offer strength to those impacted and hope Mr. Pugh can make a full and speedy recovery.
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