Oklahoma's Heartland Flyer Hits Car

Sep 2, 2013

Police in Norman say public intoxication and other charges have been filed against the driver of a car that was struck by the Heartland Flyer passenger train.

Credit Jack Snell "Snappy Jack"

Police say the collision occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday when a car driven by Derick Mellican was struck by the train in Cleveland County. Officials say the vehicle had been driving on the tracks for about four miles when the driver stopped and jumped from the vehicle just prior to impact.

The driver was examined at a local hospital and released. Police say Mellican was subsequently arrested for public intoxication, obstruction of a railroad and trespassing on railroad property.

There were no reports of injuries aboard the train. A telephone call to spokesperson for Amtrak was not immediately returned.