(La Porte, IN) - A driver bailed out of his car before being hit by a train in La Porte last evening.
According to La Porte Police, 46-year old Jason Griffin was southbound about 5 p.m. on Linwood Avenue near Clear Lake Boulevard. The road comes to a dead-end at the Norfolk Southern tracks. However, Griffin continued until his 2020 Buick Envision wound up stuck on the rails, police said.
Police said a freight train struck the car before the vehicle could be removed from the tracks.
All of the railroad crossings west of Tipton Street were closed as the train remained on the tracks while an investigation was conducted after coming to a stop. The crossings reopened several hours later. Griffin was not injured.
According to police, Griffin told officers he kept going straight at the dead-end because he thought Linwood Avenue went across the tracks.