WARSAW — The Warsaw Police Department has released the name of the man who ran into a train while riding his bike on Tuesday, April 30.
According to a press release from the WPD, Ronald R. Spaulding, 53, was observed by witnesses pulling out of a gravel lot on his blue bicycle just west of the tracks. The report said witnesses saw Spaulding attempt to cross the tracks before the train reached Winona Avenue.
Witnesses also told police the train’s horn was blowing, the signal was flashing, and the bell was ringing. Spaulding was said to have ridden his bicycle into the side of the train, falling to the ground on the west side of the tracks. He was found to be conscious and breathing.
Officers from the WPD, along with EMS, responded to the incident and Spaulding was transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital by Lutheran EMS and later transferred to Fort Wayne Lutheran due injuries sustained from the collision. Police believe alcohol was a factor and public intoxication charges are pending.
As a result of the accident, all east-west roadways crossing the north-south railroad tracks that exist south of US 30 were blocked for at least an hour on Tuesday afternoon.