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 on Tuesday.
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.
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.
ANOTHER STARTLING VIDEO: Sheriff Painter tells us the @MidlandCoTX deputy involved in this incident is in good condition and has only minor injuries. @NatalieOnFOX7 will have more tonight on #FOX7Austin at 9 & 10 p.m. Video: Kim Baeza https://t.co/UjopNtdbI6 pic.twitter.com/A0b52VJsuI— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) May 21, 2019
The deputy in the flipped vehicle was taken out of the car thourgh the window. He was transported to a local hospital with minor 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.
The Texas Department of Public Safety will be investigating the crash.