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Alcohol Involved in Train vs. Car Crash>

Two people had to be cut out of the mangled mess after a freight train hit their red Ford Taurus in Sheboygan County. The driver, Joaquin Pucheta, 34, of West Bend and his passenger, Blanca Romero, 21, of Fredonia were listed in critical condition.
/ Source: WTMJ-TV and JSOnline.com

Two people had to be cut out of the mangled mess after a freight train hit their red Ford Taurus in Sheboygan County. The driver, Joaquin Pucheta, 34, of West Bend and his passenger, Blanca Romero, 21, of Fredonia were listed in critical condition.

TOWN OF SHERMAN - Two people had to be cut out of the mangled mess after a freight train hit their red Ford Taurus in Sheboygan County, and authorities say alcohol was involved in the crash.

The driver, Joaquin Pucheta, 34, of West Bend and his passenger, Blanca Romero, 21, of Fredonia both suffered serious injuries and are listed in critical condition.

Jesse Bliesner was first on the scene, and comforted the injured couple trapped inside. "She was in shock, and he was pinned, and he was knocked out," Bliesner explained.

The accident happed at the intersection of county Highway W and county Highway BB in the Town of Sherman.

There are no crossing arms, or flashing lights.

Corporal Matt Spence of the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department said, "The train will always win, it's better to stop, make sure that there's no train traffic, and then proceed on with caution."

Pucheta has been cited for operating while intoxicated causing injury and knowingly operating while revoked causing injury.

The impact could be heard for miles. "We heard the train, then we heard that bang, and then we got in the car, and we knew there was an accident," Bliesner said.

Both victims were flown to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

The engineer of the train was not injured.