Officers investigate the scene of a fatality Wednesday at the Union Pacific train intersection with Broadwell Avenue.
The Union Pacific Railroad, its police force and other area law enforcement officers took train rides to observe motorists' behavior at railroad crossings in Fremont, Nebraska. The goal of the exercise was to bring awareness of the dangers to drivers and pedestrians at railroad crossings.
GRAND ISLAND -- A pedestrian who was trying to get through a parked Union Pacific train died late Wednesday morning on the east side of Grand Island.
The adult male died at the scene. Police hadn’t yet tried to identify him, but estimated he was in his 40s.
It appears the man was trying to go underneath or between the cars while the freight train was stopped and preparing to back into the rail yard, said Capt. Dean Elliott of the Grand Island Police Department.
“We’re not sure at this point in time, but at some point in time he ended up underneath the train while the train was slowly moving,” Elliott said. “It appears that the injuries were definitely caused by the train impacting him underneath the train.”
Police were called to the scene near the intersection of Broadwell Avenue and Front Street at 11:48 a.m.
The man was moving from the south end of the crossing to the north side.
Most dangerous cities in Nebraska
Dangerous Cities in Nebraska
See how your hometown ranks among the most dangerous cities in Nebraska. Ratings have been determined according to the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in cities of at least 10,000, with violent crime being classified as murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The numbers are for 2019, the most recent year for which the
FBI provides data.
6. South Sioux City
With 30 violent crimes in 2019 and a population of 12,771 (the smallest on our list), the city in northeast Nebraska had 2.35 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
Photo: An RV park in South Sioux City on the Missouri River.
The city of 15,862 had 53 violent crimes for a rate of 3.34 per 1,000 in 2019.
Photo: Gering Police Officer Jordan McBride talks with Scottsbluff Police Officer Michael Modeac as he puts up crime scene tape at the scene of an armed standoff in Scottsbluff in June 2021.
4. North Platte
With a population of 23,705 and 89 violent crimes, the city had a rate of 3.75 per 1,000.
Photo: Union Pacific train engines line up outside a service building in North Platte.
The Star City had a population of 291,128 with 1,115 violent crimes, a rate of 3.83 per 1,000.
Photo: Police in Lincoln investigate a shooting near the intersection of 14th and E streets in August 2019.
2. Grand Island
With a population of 51,821 and 236 violent crimes, the largest of the Tri Cities had a 2019 rate of 4.55 per 1,000 people.
Photo: Grand Island police and State Patrol personnel investigate after a body was found in a Grand Island yard in August 2020.
In 2019, the state's largest city at 470,481 people had 2,833 violent crimes for a rate of 6.13 per 1,000.
Photo: Omaha police and University Police guard the entrance to the Nebraska Medicine Emergency room after an Omaha police officer was shot at Westroads Mall in March 2021.
A note about the numbers
With eight violent crimes in 2019, Boys Town topped the state at 13.82 per 1,000 people, which is a misleading stat because it only had a 2019 population of 579.
Photo: The statue at the entrance to Boys Town. It doesn't take much to skew the numbers.
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