Driver charged after train crashes into his Jeep

(Chris Nelson/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin man taking a shortcut to his friend’s house is now facing charges after a train collided with his Jeep early Tuesday morning, police said.

Matthew Lins, 20, said was driving his Jeep on a slanted dirt path adjacent to a set of railroad tracks and got stuck as he tried to cross from one side of the tracks to the other, an arrest affidavit said.

As Lins was putting twigs under the wheels of his Jeep in an effort to free his vehicle, a train approached. Lins then stumbled away from the tracks and fell down an embankment as the train smashed into his Jeep about 2 a.m. near Ganymede Drive. Rescue crews had to cut through a large fence in order to reach the crash scene, the document added.

Lins was charged with interfering with railroad property, a state jail felony, and his bond was set at $4,500.

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