Sunday, July 16, 2017

Officer Crawls Under Moving Train After SUV Crash


The La Marque Police Department officer credited with helping halt a moving train that was dragging an SUV with injured victims is speaking about the incident for the first time since it happened.

Officer Andrew Best and a police trainee responded to an emergency call early Friday morning that a car crashed into the side of a stationary train at a railroad crossing.

When Officer Best and the trainee arrived at the crossing located near the intersection of Highway 3 and FM 519 shortly after 2:30 a.m., they realized the vehicle with a man and a woman had crashed into the train on the other side of the tracks.

Officer Best’s police body camera captured it all.

“The medic’s en route,” Officer Best shouts. “I think somebody’s trapped.”

The policeman drops to the ground and crawls beneath the train to access the Dodge SUV and begins speaking with the injured man inside the vehicle.

“You’ve been in a wreck,” Officer Best says.

The officer tells his trainee to pass him the glass breaker so he can knock out the windows to the vehicle, and soon after he breaks one out, the train unexpectedly begins to move.

“Pretty surreal. Did not expect that to happen,” Officer Best told KHOU 11 News. “That was a shock. From then on, I’m worried about those two people in the vehicle, the hazmat placards I’m seeing on the trains, and are we going to have an exposure incident now. About a hundred things are going through my mind at that time.”

The policeman is unquestionably surprised when the train begins to move, as is clear from his reaction caught in the body-cam video.

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