LOWELL, N.C. (AP) - A man trying to tow a repossessed car faces charges after the vehicle fell from his truck and was struck by a train.
Lowell police say 41-year-old Nick Petrovic, of Rock Hill, S.C., was charged with hit and run, failing to report an accident and improper towing.
Officer Carlos Duque told The Gaston Gazette that the Lexus 300 was destroyed after being hit by an Amtrak train last week. No one on the train was seriously injured.
Duque thinks the car bounced off the tow hook as the truck crossed the track ,and Petrovic didn't have time to hook it back up as crossing arms dropped and the train approached. The officer says repo men often don't fully secure vehicles when they are towed because they want to leave as quick as they can.
A phone listing for Petrovic could not be found.