MIDLAND, Texas ( FOX 7 Austin) – A deputy with the Midland County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a call of an infant having breathing issues when his vehicle was struck by a train.
According to Sheriff Gary Painter, two deputies in seperate vehicles were responding to a call of a baby in distress on Tuesday, May 21. The deputies were driving with lights and sirens on and were going through red lights when they were stopped by a slow moving train.
Caught on camera: Train vs. sheriffs SUV
Once the train went by, the deputy in the first vehicle attempted to cross the railroad tracks but was hit by another train on a seperate track. The force of the impact flipped the deputy's vehicle.
The deputy in the flipped vehicle was taken out of the car thourgh the window. He was transported to a local hospital with minosr injuries, including bruising throughout his body. Other emergency responders were able to reach the infant who has been taken to the emergency room, according to Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter.
Video: RAW: Train hits a Midland County Sheriffs Office vehicle
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 hed 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 deputy was alone in his vehicle at the time of the crash. He has been taken to the hospital with minor injuries including bruising throughout his body.
A video shared to CBS7 shows a Midland County Sheriffs Office vehicle being hit by a train just before noon on Tuesday.
CBS7 has a crew heading to the scene now and will update this story as more information becomes available.