MARION COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A man booked into jail for driving while intoxicated narrowly escaped death over the weekend after colliding with a passing train south of Salem.
Marion County deputies say Kyle Randall, 24, is believed to have been driving east on Wintell Road around 5 a.m. Saturday when he ignored a stop sign and hit the train.
The train hooked his vehicle, dragging him and the car about 300 feet, according to investigators.
The uninjured Randall then left the battered vehicle and went door-to-door asking nearby residents for a place to sleep, an action that led neighbors to call 911.
When deputies arrived, they noticed “a plume of smoke in the distance,” which turned out to be the burned carcass of Randall’s vehicle.
Randall was arrested for DUII and booked into Marion County Jail. His blood alcohol content was tested at the jail and was recorded at more than twice the legal limit.