MUNCIE, Ind. (WANE) An Indiana State Trooper from Fort Wayne wasn’t hurt when he crashed into the side of a train in Muncie Friday afternoon.
Police said around 4:30 p.m., Trooper David Haines was northbound on the Muncie Bypass, just north of Cowan Road, in Delaware County. Haines was returning to his assigned district after completing a training assignment at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.
As he approached a rail crossing, Haines looked away from the road at his in-car computer. When he looked back up, he realized a westbound train was entering his side of the road. He was unable to stop his 2008 Crown Victoria before hitting the engine of the train. The Norfolk Southern train was able to stop, and Haines was uninjured. The crash blocked the road for about an hour while the car was removed and the train got rolling again.
Police said the accident is a reminder about the dangers of distracted driving, whether it’s the electronic devices in a police officer’s car, cell phones, radios, or other distractions.