MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas - A Texas deputy is recovering from minor injuries after his cruiser collided with a train as he drove through a crossing gate to respond to an emergency call.
According to KOSA-TV, the Midland County sheriff's deputy, whose name was not released, was on his way to the scene of a baby with breathing issues Tuesday afternoon when the crash occurred.
In footage that circulated on social media, the deputy appears to wait for one train to pass before driving past the safety gates with his lights and siren on. As he crosses the tracks, a different train strikes his vehicle.
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Midland County Sheriff's Office Vehicle Train Crash
BREAKING: A Midland County Sheriff's Office vehicle has been hit by a train along Business 20 just before noon. No other information is available at this time, we have a crew heading to the scene to learn more. (Video courtesy of Andrea Hood-Brumfield)Posted by CBS7 News on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Another deputy responding to the same call rescued his colleague from the vehicle, KWES-TV reported.
Sheriff Gary Painter said the injured deputy was treated for bruises, as well as head and neck pain.
"Thank God he's not hurt that bad," he told KOSA.
Other emergency personnel took the baby in distress to the hospital, Painter said. The infant appeared to be "doing well," according to KWES.
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