Train hits car on 7th Street

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By Lisa King

No one was injured in an incident last Wednesday when a train hit a car on South 7th Street, police say.

According to the police report, Patricia Nichols, 36, of 300 Main Street in Shelbyville, stopped her car on the railroad tracks with a train coming.

The report said the Nichols told officers her brakes failed. Police told her to step away from the car, and she did so before the train hit it.

Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said when the train hit the car, it knocked it into a ditch.

He said he didn’t know why Nichols left her car on the tracks, but speculated that she was not in a reasonable state of mind.

“I would say that her judgement was impaired, since she blew a .21 (on a breath test),” he said.

Nichols was arrested and charged with DUI, second offense.