Body cam captures attempted rescue after SUV slams into train in La Marque

By Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor , Rose-Ann Aragon - Reporter

LA MARQUE, Texas - Two Life Flight helicopters were called Friday to a crash involving an SUV and a train in La Marque.

The crash was reported around 2:50 a.m. in the area of Main Street and Highway 3.

Police said the driver of a Dodge Durango smashed through a barricade and hit the train. It appeared that the driver never hit the brakes, police said.

Two people were inside the SUV at the time of the crash. One person had to be pulled from the vehicle, police said.

VIDEO: Police bodycam footage from scene of crash

La Marque police released body camera video of what happened. The video shows an officer's attempts to help the driver and the passenger inside. The officer is seen trying to break the window with his nightstick. Moments later an officer brings a glass breaking tool. The window is smashed.

"I know, I know buddy. Hold on. We've got medics coming," said the officer to the people inside.

Then the unexpected happened. The train appears to start moving.

Both were flown to hospitals. The driver is in serious condition, but both passengers had non-life threatening injuries according to police.

"Tell them to stop!  Stop the train!  35, Call the railroad company.  Tell them to stop moving.  They’re dragging this car with people inside," said an officer.

Police said they were able to contact other crews via radio that were able to get the conductor's attention and stop the train. The two people in the car were then treated by medics and flown to UTMB. The driver was in serious condition. Police said both had non-life threatening injures.

Police are investigating if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Police are investigating if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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