Train wreck, fiery collision involve same driver


The lead locomotive of an Amtrak California Zephyr sits on the
tracks in Kenesaw Wednesday morning. The train hit a trailer
around 2 a.m. and was delayed 9 hours.

The driver allegedly responsible for leaving a horse trailer on railroad tracks in Kenesaw last week has been cited for a two-vehicle collision that occurred an hour and a half later.

The Nebraska State Patrol cited Seth Hasemann, 25, of Kenesaw for leaving the scene of an accident April 9 at Roseland Avenue and Prairie Lake Road.

According to the state patrol, a Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Mark Dinkler of Roseland was northbound on Roseland Avenue when it came upon a southbound Dodge pickup driven by Hasemann who was reportedly in the northbound lane. Dinkler swerved to avoid the oncoming pickup, but it struck the rear passenger door of his vehicle.

The pickup went off the road into a field where it caught fire and was destroyed. Hasemann reportedly left the scene before investigators arrived.

Meanwhile, Dinkler was transported to Mary Lanning Healthcare with facial and head injuries.

The accident occurred about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, about an hour and 20 minutes after an Amtrak locomotive smashed into a horse trailer abandoned on the tracks.

That collision left an eastbound Amtrak train disabled after it struck the abandoned trailer as it sat at the railroad crossing on the western edge of Kenesaw at Constitution Avenue.

There were 145 passengers and a dozen crew members aboard the train that included 10 passenger cars. No injuries were reported.

Adams County Sheriff Gregg Magee said Hasemann told deputies the horse trailer came off his pickup without his knowledge. Hasemann said he didn't know about the train accident until after the collision that destroyed his pickup.

The trailer is owned by his father's corporation, Marco Inc.

Reports have been sent to the Adams County Attorneys Office for consideration of legal action, but the case has not been reviewed yet.

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