MINDEN — A longtime Hastings College track and field assistant coach remained in critical condition Tuesday at a Kearney hospital after being injured early Sunday in a vehicle-train collision here.
Zachary Osgood of Hastings, 39, was ejected from his vehicle after a train traveling 75 mph collided with a sport-utility vehicle he was driving. Osgood was taken to a hospital in Kearney with life-threatening injuries, said Cody Thomas, public relations director for the Nebaska State Patrol.
Osgood’s condition remained critical at midafternoon on Tuesday, according to a public relations staff member at CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.
Thomas said Osgood and a passenger were driving through Minden in the early morning hours Sunday when they fell asleep. When they woke up, their vehicle was stuck on the BNSF Railway tracks about 100 yards east of the nearest intersection.
Thomas said Osgood called for help to get the vehicle pulled from the tracks, and that individuals were attempting to remove the SUV when the train struck it about 2:15 a.m. The passenger was not in the vehicle at the time.
The train, which was Amtrak’s westbound California Zephyr, pushed the vehicle, causing it to catch fire.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, Thomas said.
Osgood grew up in Minden and holds bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from Hastings College, where he was a track and field athlete as an undergraduate and earned NAIA All American honors three times in the hammer and twice in the 35-pound weight.
The 2018-19 academic year was Osgood’s 16th as an assistant coach for the HC men’s and women’s track and field team. He serves as the Broncos’ throws coach.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Osgood’s medical expenses. As of Tuesday afternoon, $6,955 have been raised out of a $5,500 goal.