Kearney police identify victim of fatal van-train crash as 28-year-old Nebraska man

KEARNEY, Neb. — A 28-year-old Shelton man has been identified as the victim of a van-train crash early Sunday in Kearney.

Shane Hoffman was driving a van north on Avenue C when he allegedly drove through a barricaded Union Pacific Railroad crossing, according to police. The van was hit on the driver’s side by an eastbound train about 12:20 a.m. at South Railroad Street and Avenue C.

Hoffman was found dead when first responders arrived. No one else was injured in the crash, which remains under investigation.