Roane County man injured, charged with DUI after truck hit by tr

Roane County man injured, charged with DUI after truck hit by train

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Jacob Murray (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office) Jacob Murray (source: Roane County Sheriff's Office)

HARRIMAN (WATE) - A Roane County man was injured and charged with DUI after his pickup truck was hit by a train after getting stuck on the tracks.

Tennessee Highway Patrol says they were dispatched to Old Elverton Road around 4:30 a.m. early Thursday.

An incident report says a 1977 Chevy 1500 driven by Jacob L. Murray, 24, ran off the roadway and became stuck in a ditch. At this point, it was facing toward the train tracks.

Murray floored his gas pedal in an effort to get the truck out of the ditch. The car came up and out of the ditch, but then became partially lodged on the train tracks. The front of the truck was straddling the tracks.

Murray tried to pry the truck off the train tracks with two large wooden planks, but he was unable to free the truck before a Norfolk Southern train came through. The train hit the truck, knocking it off the tracks.

Murray was taken to Roane Medical Center. He is now facing charges of DUI first offense, reckless driving, failure to exercise due care, obstruction of justice, not wearing a seatbelt, driver's license violation, registration violation and failure to maintain a lane.

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