VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — A stolen F-250 pickup tried to go around a stalled train, got stuck on the tracks and was hit by another train.
The incident happened in the 6500 block of Buena Vista in Vancouver around 4:30 p.m. Rail traffic was shut down for hours at the Waterfront Railway Crossing near Wintler Park along SW Beach Drive in Vancouver.
“The westbound train had cleared, here comes an eastbound train,” said Gus Melonas, a spokesperson for BNSF Railway. “The vehicle drove around the gates from the parkside of the crossing and was struck by an eastbound train.”
The driver managed to get out of the truck before the train hit and was seen running along the tracks. He was arrested after he was found hiding in bushes behind a home, about a half-mile south of Wintler Park.
Witness Joseph Paquette told KOIN 6 News the driver drove across the gravel and got hit by the train and almost hit by another. The driver than ran across the highway and almost got hit by a car.
Authorities said they found evidence linking him to the stolen Ford truck. They also treated him for a heart condition when they found him.
Bruce and Pam Wiedeman were at their home and had just fired up the barbecue when the suspect climbed over their fence and left a trail of evidence.
“He left his backpack behind in that driveway over there and then officers found his watch in that cherry tree,” Wiedeman said.
“I had been fixing steaks in the back of the house so he could have been five feet in front of me. I mean the timing was the same. Our backdoor was unlocked.”
The man also had just been released from jail, but will soon be back behind bars.
His name has not yet been released.