Suspected DUI driver takes off on foot after train hits his car

KEPR-TV photo shows the crash scene.

PASCO, Wash. — Police officials said a suspected drunk driver is lucky to be alive after his car was hit by a freight train in Pasco on Sunday morning.

The Pasco Police Department tells KEPR-TV News an intoxicated man was driving east on Columbia Street near 1st Avenue when he missed a curve in the road.

His car made it over the steep embankment but got stuck in the rocks next to the railroad tracks, where it was struck by a train.

Sergio Monico was leaving a nearby club when he saw the collision.

"I saw the train hitting the car, and I was like, 'Oh!' You're not really used to seeing that kind of stuff," he says.

Monico said the driver was the only one in the car when it was hit; he said he's surprised the man was alive.

"I saw somebody opening the door, and I was like ... 'Was there somebody in there?'"

Monico says the driver of the car only sustained a cut to his nose, but the car he drove was badly damaged.

The driver took off on foot before police arrived, but they'd still like to talk to him.

Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact the Pasco Police Department at 509-545-3510.

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