Archive for Monday, October 1, 2012

Report says driver of car hit by train legally intoxicated; no one injured

October 1, 2012


A preliminary breath test taken at the scene of a car and train collision Sept. 17 shows the driver of the car had a blood-alcohol level of .146, nearly twice the legal limit.

The Ford Focus driven by Zaw Dabaw, 22, Lawrence, got stuck on the railroad track at the intersection of North Seventh and Maple streets just after 11 p.m. on Sept. 17. Dabaw, and four other passengers, got out of the car before a Union Pacific train struck it, according to an accident report.

No one was injured during the incident, in which the car was pushed more than 300 yards from the spot of impact.

It remains unclear how Dabaw got stuck on the tracks. The responding officer noted that the car was turned sideways on the tracks when it got stuck. However, Dabaw couldn’t explain how that happened, according to the report.

Dabaw was issued a citation for operating under the influence following the incident.


ksjayhawk74 5 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if he was trying to drive on the tracks. That might seem like a good idea when you're drunk, in your early 20s and hanging out with 4 friends.

Emily Hadley 5 years, 8 months ago

There's far too much traffic on those tracks to risk screwing around on them. If it weren't for that sharp turn forcing trains to slow way down, the outcome could have been much worse than just dealing with court.

gccs14r 5 years, 8 months ago

They have to slow way down for being in an urban area, anyway. What the curve does is makes obstructions invisible until it's far too late to stop.

RoeDapple 5 years, 8 months ago

You're upside down in a Focus if all you owe is the taxes . . .

Romans832 5 years, 8 months ago

I have often wondered about that phrase as well. If one is intoxicated (more than .8), isn't that ILLEGAL? On the other hand, is a tea-totaller illegally sober???

greenworld 5 years, 8 months ago

No idea how he got stuck?? Well lets see, it wouldnt be because he was intoxicated or anything. Geez...stupid just stupid.

riverdrifter 5 years, 8 months ago

UP engineer to his conductor, coming around the bend with a little throttle up: "My Gawd, there''s that Zaw Dabaw again. Gonna big hole this sumbitch!" SSSSSSSSSSS - C-r-u-n-c-h................. (ballast flies through the air).

Amandasarie 5 years, 8 months ago

There was really only 3 boys in the car. My husband and mother are the ones who made the boys get out of the car and get off of the tracks. What happened was the boys were drunk, their GPS told them to turn right onto Maple L, they missed their turn onto the st and then turned onto the tracks.. their car got high centered. 2 of the boys got out of the car and tried to push the car. The train was headed straight for them at 40mph, and the boys thought they could stop it by holding up their hands telling it to stop. That is when my husband grabbed the driver out of the front seat, by his shirt and pulled him off of the tracks. At the same time my mother pulled the other to boys who were trying to push the car, away from the car , to safety. The 3 boys really though that they could make the train stop just by telling it to stop. All 3 of the boys would have been dead if it wasn't for my husband and mother. The twist in the story is the only reason my husband and mother where there at the right time was because they were out looking for my moms little dog, so we are all glad that he had wondered off when he did. It was a pretty crazy night but I'm glad everyone is okay!

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