Man Escapes Vehicle Safely Before Train Crashes Into It

Sheriff's Officials Say Man Was "Highly Intoxicated"

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 9:51am

A train slammed into an unoccupied vehicle that was stuck on the train tracks in Clint.

It happened around 1:10 a.m. Wednesday near Trent Rd. and Burbridge Rd.

According to Deputy Angelica Becerra, Spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the vehicle was traveling southwest on Trent Rd., while the train was traveling west along the tracks.

"The driver of the Ford Explorer apparently disregarded the road closure, or barricades, that were on both sides of the track, attempted to cross over, got stuck. The train traveling westbound struck the vehicle," said Becerra.

Becerra said the train pushed the vehicle at least 50-75 yards along the tracks.  The man was able to safely escape the vehicle before the collision.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found the man walking near the tracks, and said he appeared to be intoxicated.

"Alcohol is suspected. Deputies did observe that the subject was possibly intoxicated, highly intoxicated," said Becerra.

The man had a bloody nose and a small cut on his chin.  He was taken to the hospital to be evaluated, but is expected to be okay.

No one on the train was injured.

The Union Pacific train was not derailed, but experienced about an hour and a half delay Wednesday morning.

Union Pacific officials estimate about $75,000 worth of rail damage.

Becerra said no charges are pending against the man.
 

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