SHERIFF: Man trying to ‘feel the breeze’ hit by train, ticketed for trespassing

Authorities ticketed a man and one of his family members for trespassing, after the man was struck by a train at a campsite. 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that Louisville Fire and Rescue were dispatched Saturday night to a report of man who had been hit by a train near campsite 213. 

Deputies, BNSF agents and Nebraska Game and Parks officials responded to the scene, where they found 35-year-old Andrew Bateman, of Bellevue. Bateman had been camping at the state park and wanted to “feel the breeze” of the train as it passed, according to the press release. 

Witnesses told authorities Bateman was thrown approximately 15-20 feet in the air after being struck by the train, before coming to rest near the tracks. 

Bateman was taken to Bergan Mercy Trauma Center. He and another family member who was present received citations for criminal trespassing on railroad property. 


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