NSP: Troopers save teen who led them on pursuit from being hit by a train

Nebraska State Troopers saved an 18-year-old who led them on a high-speed pursuit from being hit by a train on Thursday, authorities said. 
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Nebraska State Troopers saved an 18-year-old who led them on a high-speed pursuit from being hit by a train on Thursday, authorities said.

The Nebraska State Patrol said a trooper saw a Kia Forte being driven by the teen traveling at 113 miles per hour near mile marker 408 on Interstate 80 in Lincoln. When the trooper tried to stop the vehicle, it sped off and the trooper began a brief pursuit that ended when the vehicle entered Lincoln roads, the patrol said.

Investigators were able to determine the teen’s identity and located the same vehicle in Omaha later that night. As the trooper tried to make contact with the teen, the vehicle took off and ran over the trooper’s foot, the patrol said. An Omaha Police Department helicopter helped NSP track the vehicle as it drove out of Omaha on I-80.

Ultimately, the vehicle was stopped using stop sticks at which point the driver took off on foot, the patrol said. The teen ran to nearby railroad tracks and laid down as a train was approaching before troopers ran onto the tracks and pulled him off, the patrol said.

The driver, identified only as an 18-year-old from Omaha, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, willful reckless driving, no operator’s license, and traffic violations. He was lodged in Lancaster County Jail.

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