BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – It was an incredible scene, and even more incredible the driver is still alive. Workers at the rail yard couldn’t believe their eyes when a car came flying out of nowhere — over three different trains.
The car came flying down Baca which is a dead-end at 1st Street in Belen. Police said the driver hit this small embankment and landed on the other aside of those trains. They said the driver was doing almost 100 miles per hour down Baca Thursday morning.
Police said there were no skid marks or indication of braking or slowing down, and the owner of the towing company said the damage to the car is one of the worst she has ever seen.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I couldn’t see how this person is still alive, it’s a miracle, I hope he does make it, so he can tell his story on how he can clear all those train tracks,” said Christine Martinez, owner Curbside Towing.
When officers arrived the driver was breathing but unconscious. He was airlifted to UNM Hospital in serious condition. Police say the car flew at least 20 feet off the ground and it landed about 150 feet away from where it took off, crumpling on impact.
“If it vaulted this way, it would have clipped the back end of the rail car, brought it up a little more and as it came down, it appears just the way the car works might have hit the back bumper and rested forward,” said Deputy Chief Robert Miller, Belen Police Department.
Police said BNSF does have video footage of the incident which they are working to get. The train has some exterior damage, but there was no damage to the tracks.
Police have not released the identity of the driver, or an explanation of why he was driving so fast on a dead-end street.