RURAL ADAMS COUNTY — The Adams Central junior injured in a collision when the car she was driving struck a loaded Union Pacific coal train around 8 a.m. on a foggy Monday morning was in critical condition this morning at the Bryan LGH West trauma center in Lincoln.
Dale Wiegert, dispatcher with the Nebraska State Patrol, said 16-year-old Cassidy Wormstadt of rural Juniata, the only occupant in the vehicle, reportedly went around the downed gates at a railroad crossing on Alda Road north of Juniata and hit the eastbound train with the red, 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier she was driving. The train dragged the car about 100 feet until the car stopped on its roof on the westbound track.
Wormstadt's condition was provided by a Bryan LGH spokeswoman.
Wiegert said it is unknown whether Wormstadt intentionally drove around the gates or if she tried to stop and slid on an icy road into the train. He said Wormstadt's Cavalier struck the train around car No. 57.
"She went around but it was so foggy that we don't know what happened," he said.