Man injured, arrested after colliding with train on Thursday

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


AINSWORTH ? A Washington man was hospitalized Thursday morning after a vehicle he was driving collided with a train at 4:53 a.m.

According to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff?s office, William John Goodwin, 39, of Washington, was arrested possession of a controlled substance ? marijuana first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, OWI first offense, no proof of insurance accident related and failure to maintain control. The release said that Goodwin was found by the side of the roadway unconscious.

The preliminary accident report said that a Washington County sheriff?s deputy responded to the car vs. train accident that occurred at the Yucca Avenue crossing just north of Highway 92. On arrival no subjects were located inside the vehicle allegedly involved in the accident or in the ditch along the railroad tracks. The vehicle registration came back to Goodwin.

The Washington Police Department attempted to contact someone at Goodwin?s residence but did not find anyone there. Deputies called for a tow truck. The tow driver reported a subject lying along the shoulder of the roadway just west of the location.

Deputies responded and located Goodwin curled up in the fetalposition laying on his right side. The deputy was able to wake Goodwin and speak with him. The report said Goodwin was going to smoke a cigarette and the deputy had advised him not to. The report said Goodwin pulled out a one-hitter marijuana box from his pocket and attempted to light the pipe. The deputy took the box from Goodwin.

Goodwin was examined by Ainsworth QRS and he declined medical attention. When the deputy asked Goodwin if he was in his car at the time of the accident with the train, he had stated he was not. He did say he was driving when his vehicle got stuck and that no one else was in the vehicle with him. The deputy asked Goodwin if he had any alcoholic beveredges since leaving the vehicle on the tracks and the car being struck by the train. He said he had not.

During testing at the Washington County Jail, Goodwin showed a blood alcohol content of .333. The legal limit to drive is .08. Due to the high level of intoxication, Goodwin was transferred to the Washington County Hospital and Clinics emergency room to be cleared for incarceration.