Drunk Driving Suspect Saved From Train Crash by Texas Police Officer
Tragedy was narrowly avoided down south in Magnolia, Texas last weekend. A woman accused of drinking and driving was almost killed when she drove her car onto train tracks. She proceeded to exit her vehicle and stumble over the tracks.
Officer Jose Lopez arrived on scene and escorted the allegedly intoxicated driver off the tracks and into his squad car. Two minutes after she was apprehended, a train came by and made contact with the woman's car still on the tracks, dragging the vehicle roughly 150 yards. The officer observed that the driver was so intoxicated, she wasn't even aware her car was on train tracks. Minus a few scrapes, the woman emerged from the potentially fatal situation unscathed. She was taken to jail later that night, charged with DUI.
The Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA's) Office of Safety reports that in 2009 there were 1,913 collisions between motor vehicles and trains at both public and private railroad crossings throughout the U.S. These collisions resulted in 719 injuries and 246 deaths. This shows a marked improvement over the past three decades. The FRA began to collect such data back in 1981, a year in which 9,461 such incidents were recorded, resulting in 3,293 injuries and 728 deaths. It is unclear how many of these incidents over the years have involved drunk driving.
Video of the incident was recorded by Officer Lopez's dashboard camera and can be viewed by following the link to the source material below.
Source: 13ABC WTVG-TV "Texas officer saves drunk driver from train" 10/25/10