In Eugene OR, Robert Gillespie crashed his car into the side of a Union Pacific freight train at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Police believe he was driving faster than the 35 mph speed limit as well as using his cellphone to send a text message when he hit the train. Gillespie was charged with drunken driving and careless driving. His injuries were described as not life threatening, and no members of the train crew were hurt.
When officers arrived, they found Gillespie alert and talking, but trapped in the car. They learned about the text message as they worked to rescue him. He apparently tried to brake for the train when he saw it, but he was too close to avoid crashing. (info from The Associated Press, photo from Dallas Railway Museum)