New Mexico State Police responded to a call at about 4:26 a.m. Wednesday after an abandoned vehicle was hit by a train on State Road 256 and Crossroads Road, the State Police said in a press release.
Kurt M. McWhorter, 27, was driving the 2004 Toyota SUV southbound on State Road 256 when he lost control around a turn, drove through two stationary signs and rode on the dirt shoulder until he ended up stuck on the railroad tracks. McWhorter then left the scene.
At about 3:40 a.m. conductor Jody C. Fly, 34, was operating a Southwestern Railroad train, heading north, when he saw the SUV and was unable to stop. The train pushed the vehicle, causing heavy damage to the SUV, but minimal damage to the train before stopping.
McWhorter was later found and returned to the scene. He had minimal injuries, for which he denied medical attention, but no other injuries were reported.
It is believed that alcohol, driver inattention and high speeds were factors in the incident. McWhorter was cited for careless driving, leaving the scene, duty upon striking a fixture and immediate notice of accident.