Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Mount Pleasant police are confirming the driver of the car struck by an Amtrak train drove down the tracks, forcing the collision that killed him.
**Updated 8:03 p.m. A 29-year-old Franksville man who was killed Tuesday afternoon when the car he was driving was struck by an Amtrak passenger train caused the accident that took his life, according to Mount Pleasant police. "According to our preliminary investigation, a train was traveling northbound, and the car was traveling southbound in between the two tracks," MPPD Chief Tim Zarzecki said. "The train tried to stop ... unfortunately they still collided, and that crash resulted in the death of the lone occupant of the vehicle." Authorities have not released the identity of the victim, but family members told Patch it was Ben Glaeser. They said he was suffering from depression and other mental illnesses, and likely parked his car on …
Police and rescue were called to the scene of a train vs. car accident Tuesday afternoon in Franksville.
Mount Pleasant Police Chief Tim Zarzecki Tuesday confirmed that Ben Glaeser, 29, of Franksville committed suicide by driving his car into an oncoming Amtrak train. "The car was traveling southbound in between the two tracks ... and the train tried to stop, tried to slow down ... unfortunately they still collided," he said.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A car vs. semi resulted in an accident with no injuries but about 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled all over the roadway.
A car hit a semi full of diesel fuel, causing a fuel spill in the 9800 block of Durand Avenue that has closed the roadway for the next several hours. According to Sturtevant Police Chief Sean Marschke, a semi truck was turning westbound onto Durand Avenue from Commercial Avenue when it was stopped by the lowered gates at the railroad tracks. As soon as the gates were raised, a driver traveling east drove across the tracks and hit the semi truck, puncturing the gas tank and causing the fuel spill. "This is considered a minor accident with no injuries," Marschke told Patch while he was on scene helping direct traffic. He estimated about 100 gallons of fuel were spilled. Traffic is completely shut down in both directions between Wisconsin …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Wauwatosa's Jocelyn Flashinski, who was killed by a train Friday, had developed strong bond with local autistic children.
Whenever Jocelyn Flashinski was coming over for therapy, young Mario Martinez, who is autistic, would wait impatiently for her. “He would sit at the window or the door. He would recognize her car. He would say ‘Jocelyn’s coming today,’” said the now 9-year-old boy’s father, Jesse Martinez of Milwaukee. Martinez paused to stifle tears Tuesday as he talked about the Wauwatosa woman who became more than just a therapist to his young son, and who had known Mario since he “was in Pampers.” When she met Mario, he couldn’t talk. “He was afraid of the wind when the trees would move. She got him past that,” Martinez said. “I told her, ‘Thank you for giving us back our son. Thank you for letting us know who Mario is. I think it was just the …