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Man killed in car vs. train accident in Hall County

The Hall County Sheriff said the driver of the Dodge van struck the train near the intersection...
The Hall County Sheriff said the driver of the Dodge van struck the train near the intersection of Highway 30 and Schimmer.(Generic Image)
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 7:24 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2021 at 11:37 AM CDT
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HALL COUNTY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hall County Sheriff’s Office said an Alda man died following a car train accident Wednesday night.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a crash at 10:13 p.m. on Highway 30, just east of Alda.

Upon arrival deputies discovered that a Red 2001 Dodge Van had struck a Union Pacific train. Preliminary investigation indicates that the van had been westbound on Highway 30.

The train had been moving several train cars from the main track on the south side of Highway 30, across Highway 30 to the north. This track is located just east of Highway 30 and Schimmer Drive.

The driver and lone occupant in the vehicle was identified as Paul Arndt, 65, of Alda. Arndt was was pronounced deceased on scene. The operators of train were not injured.

Hall County Chief Deputy Josh Berlie said there are no flashing lights or crossing arms at those tracks, though there are signs up.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and conducted an investigation which is currently ongoing.

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