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Midland County Sheriff’s deputy hit by train; Drove around lowered crossing gate

CBS 7

MIDLAND COUNTY, Tx. (KOSA) — New details have been released on today’s train crash involving a Midland County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

According to Sheriff Gary Painter, the deputy was responding to a call of an infant having breathing issues when the accident happened. 

Video shows that he’d driven around the lowered crossing gate to wait on one train. After it passed, he pulled forward to cross the tracks, and was hit by a second train heading in the other direction.

The sudden crash was a jarring scene for onlookers.

“I guess he just didn’t see the other train and the train just hit him head on,” Mike Lopez said. “A couple more seconds and he would have been gone. Other than that, it was pretty crazy seeing it right here in front of us.”

But fortunately, despite the seemingly catastrophic wreck, the deputy managed to get away with few injuries.

Sheriff Painter said that deputy was taken to the hospital with bruising throughout his body and some pains in his neck and head.

He says it could have been much, much worse.

“When I got the call that he had been hit by a train and there was head injuries, everything runs through your head,” Painter said. “You just, you pray for the best, but you expect for the worst. And thank God he’s not hurt that bad.”

The sheriff explained the deputy was in such a hurry because they were trying to get to a baby who was having difficulty breathing.

“Because they were in an emergency situation trying to get across,” Painter said. “They had their red lighted and sirens on and they were trying to get across to help the family.”

The video shows that the crossing lights were flashing signaling cars to wait and the deputy drove around the lowered bar on the right side that was meant to keep him away from danger.

Lopez saw the whole wreck and its aftermath from across the street.

He said the crashed deputy was helped out of the car through the windshield and miraculously dusted himself and was able to walk away from the wreck.

“Lucky man,” he said. “Lucky somebody was watching over him. That’s crazy.”

Emergency responders were able to reach the infant who has been taken to the emergency room.

DPS will investigate the crash.

A semi-truck was hit by a train at the same crossing on Monday.

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5 Responses to Midland County Sheriff’s deputy hit by train; Drove around lowered crossing gate

  1. Martist says:

    Well look at that. A sovereign citizen immune from the law finds out that the laws of physics come round to bite his arse. Too bad he didn’t figure out how to get hit by BOTH trains!

  2. Enemy of the State says:

    Trains always win

    He should also get the ticket for going around the gate like all of us would
    Hand it to him in his hospital bed , and than get into a fight with his nurse while they are tending to his wounds , you know … act like they do around them and see what happens

  3. DL. says:

    When you live a life thinking you’re above the law, Kharma happens…. Texting while driving is stupid, but not knowing a train is coming is… One of these days, cops might start to begin acting like they know what they are doing and its consequences…even in Texas!

  4. KOYOTE says:

    THE THINNING OF THE HERD. HE DIDNT BELIEVE “NATURAL LAW” APPLIED TO HIM…

  5. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “He said the crashed deputy was helped out of the car through the windshield and miraculously dusted himself and was able to walk away from the wreck.”

    THAT’S f%&ked up.

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