Durham police car was parked on tracks when train slammed into it, police say

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A Durham police car was hit by a train Thursday morning after an officer parked his cruiser on the railroad tracks while searching for suspects in a breaking and entering, according to police.

Officers responded to a burglar alarm at a storage company in the 4400 block of Hillsborough Road around 4:15 a.m. Once on scene, they discovered several storage units had been opened and saw three suspects running from the building.

Officers chased the suspects but lost sight of them. Shortly after losing sight of them, one of the suspects was spotted in the wood line near the railroad tracks in the area of Neal Road and American Drive, police said. After spotting the suspect, the officer parked his cruiser on the tracks and chased the suspect.

The patrol vehicle had its lights turned on while it was parked on the tracks, police said. A Norfolk-Southern train slammed into the car and pushed it approximately 60 yards off the tracks and into the woods.

No one was injured in the crash but the cruiser was significantly damaged.

The incident is under investigation and the suspects were never caught, according to police.

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