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Blotter: Driver suffers minor injuries after vehicle hit by train in Denton

A man was taken to a local hospital Wednesday morning after his work van was clipped by a Union Pacific train in downtown Denton.

According to Denton police spokesman Bryan Cose, the man was driving east on Sycamore Street at about 8:15 a.m. Cose said the man crossed the train tracks when the crossing arms came down to signal an oncoming train. The man stopped, but the rear of his van still rested on the tracks, Cose said.

A Denton police officer and two other people look over the scene of an accident Wednesday involving a train and a work van near the intersection of East McKinney Street and North Bell Avenue. The van driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Denton Police Department
A Denton police officer and two other people look over the scene of an accident Wednesday involving a train and a work van near the intersection of East McKinney Street and North Bell Avenue. The van driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 
Denton Police Department

The train hit the back of the van, causing it to spin around and roll onto the passenger side, Cose said. The Denton Fire Department cut through the windshield of the van and got the driver out, fire department spokesman Kenneth Hedges said. 

The man was taken to Medical City Denton with minor injuries, Hedges said. Officials temporarily closed the train tracks after the accident, Cose said.

Other reports

900 block of Bernard Street — A 36-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon when she refused to move from the middle of a roadway, police said.

Police responded to a call at about 1 p.m. from a family member who said the woman was "out of her mind," and talking to people in cars as they drove by, Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said. The caller said the woman had mental health issues and had been smoking methamphetamine.

When officers arrived, the woman refused to move, Kizer said. An officer tried speaking to the woman, but she became aggressive, Kizer said. The woman was placed in handcuffs, but managed to slip out.

Once officers were able to restrain the woman, she was placed under arrest and taken to Denton City Jail. She was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a roadway.

2700 block of West University Drive — Two women attempted to steal more than $1,800 worth of merchandise from Walmart on Tuesday evening, according to a police report.

The store's asset protection officer saw a 20-year-old woman leave the store at about 6:20 p.m. without attempting to pay for a basket of items. The officer watched the woman put the items in her car and called police, Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said. 

Kizer said the women then walked back into the store and met her 20-year-old friend. The women filled up another basket with items and again tried to walk out of the store without paying, Kizer said. Denton police officers were waiting for the women outside the store.

Both were arrested for theft and taken to Denton City Jail. Kizer said the first basket of merchandise totaled $1,168 before tax and the second basket totaled $644.

1400 block of Centre Place Drive — Police were called to break up a fight between two sisters at a student apartment complex Tuesday afternoon.

Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at the 14 Fifty-One apartments at about 1 p.m. The 20-year-old victim said she and her 23-year-old sister got into an argument about the older sister bringing a male friend to the apartment, Denton police spokesman Shane Kizer said.

When the victim confronted her sister, she said the 23-year-old threw her down on the ground, punched her repeatedly in the head and pulled her hair, Kizer said. No arrests were made but a report was taken.

190 block of Duchess Drive — A 47-year-old man reported suspicious activity on his credit card Tuesday morning.

Police responded to a call about credit card abuse at about 7:40 a.m. The man told officers that someone had used his credit card to withdraw $403 from an ATM, according to a police report.

A report was filed and police are investigating the incident, the police report said.

Roundup

From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 857 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 46 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 139 calls for service and made 13 arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 25 medical calls, one vehicle crash and one natural gas leak.