(KMOV)—Police in Madison County charged a 24-year-old man with two misdemeanors after he allegedly drove his car on railroad tracks, causing a collision with a train early Sunday morning.
According to police at 2:38 a.m., Philip Jostes, of St. Louis, attempted to cross a section of the Union Pacific Railway used for farming equipment just east of the 5200 block of Smith Drive when his vehicle became stuck.
Jostes and some of his friends in the area attempted to remove the vehicle from the tracks but were unsuccessful.
The vehicle was then struck by an oncoming train; it was unoccupied at the time of the crash. Neither Jostes, nor his friends notified police when the car became stuck.
No injuries have been reported at this time.
After conducting an investigation, authorities charged Jostes with Driving under the Influence and Criminal Trespass to Railroad Property He was taken into custody and is being held at the Madison County Jail on a $400.00 bond.
The investigation is ongoing.