CHRIS JENNINGS / HERALD DEMOCRAT
A destroyed Ferrari sits on a wrecker after being struck by a train April 1, 2009.
The 911 operator in Sherman had to think for a split second it was an April Fool's Day joke, but it wasn't.
A man, sounding somewhat sleepy and confused, called 911 at around 3 a.m. to report he was "scared" and "lost" and stranded on the railroad tracks in a Ferrari.
The 911 operator tried to help him figure out where he was, but when he looked around and told her what he saw, "railroad tracks and some woods" is all he offered her.
The bigger problem was he didn't know what to do about the train that was coming down the tracks.
"There is a train coming and I'm gonna… I'm gonna get killed," said the man. The 911 operator's response was "get out of the car."
He got out and stood there talking to 911 as his Ferrari was obliterated by the train.
"Yep, it's gone," he said. The screeching train could be heard in the background as it mangled his luxury car.
His guesses as to where he was continued as he threw out Arlington (81 miles away), and McKinney (34 miles away).
The operator had an easier time figuring out his exact location when the train driver called 911 to report he had struck a car.
Officers arrived at the scene west of U.S. Highway 75 to find the train had pushed the car several hundred feet down the tracks.
The driver, Jeff Sabold, 46, was asked to perform a field sobriety test and then was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The 2000 Ferrari was lifted from the tracks and hauled away.
Sabold is listed as the owner of Automotive Concepts a luxury car service in Carrollton.