VIDEO: Bodycam Captures Cop Hit By Train While Chasing Suspect Down Tracks

Sandy Malone

Polk County Police Officer Andy Anderson was struck by a train on Jan. 7 as he was chasing a burglary suspect.

Polk County, GA – Bodycam video captured the moment a Polk County police officer was struck by a train as he searched for a suspect along the tracks (video below).

The incident occurred on Jan. 7 as Polk County Police Officer Andy Anderson was responding to a call about a burglary at a home adjacent to the Norfolk Southern railroad track, WITI reported.

A press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that Officer Anderson was looking for a suspect who ran into the woods after the burglary, ABC News reported.

Authorities said that Officer Anderson checked behind the house and then walked up to check out the railroad tracks.

The sheriff’s press release said that was when the officer spotted a suspect on the tracks carrying a television set, WITI reported.

Officer Anderson radioed for backup and then began to pursue the suspect on the tracks.

Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd said the officer was chasing the suspect down the tracks on College Street when the train came up behind him, WSB reported.

The press release said the officer heard the train approaching but thought that he had stepped far enough away from the train tracks to be safe, according to WITI.

But Officer Anderson was still too close to the tracks.

Bodycam video showed the train was blaring its horn as it rapidly approached the officer.

When the train caught up to Officer Anderson, he was struck and thrown into the woods beside the track, WITI reported.

The dramatic video of the incident showed the officer walking down the tracks and then flying through the air and landing in the brush after he was hit.

Officer Anderson was transported to Redmond Regional Hospital in Rome where doctors determined that he had multiple broken bones from being hit, WITI reported.

He was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Police arrested one woman in connection with the burglary at the time of the incident, WSB reported.

The male suspect, who was wearing a neck brace, was captured on Monday afternoon, ABC News reported.

Police said 18-year-old Jayden Moats was taken into custody in his hometown of Rockport.

Moats was charged with first-degree burglary and criminal trespassing, ABC News reported.

You can see video of the incident below:

Comments (20)
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flybynight
flybynight

Another NPN alert?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Nancie Borders

Jayden Moats

Officer Andy Anderson

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

After watching the video twice, all I can say is shame on the officer. He didn't bother to look back to see how close the train was and obviously was in the path of the train when hit. The train started blaring his horn at him at the 9 second mark on the video. He wandered all over the tracks at that point until struck at the 30 second mark.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

That's some high IQ situational awareness in play to be hit by a train. Let's not mention he wasn't able to chase down a man carrying a tv and wearing a neck brace.

I honestly thought it was going to be some daring escape and the cop didn't make the jump before the train passed as he was running toward the thief. Nope. He was winded and standing in place while a guy with a neck brace outran him while carrying a tv.

Marxest
Marxest

Idiots all around. Never pursue a suspect on railroad tracks. If you have to do such a thing, radio in to make sure the trains stop running, or run at a slower speed. That is the way the NYPD conducts operations and it has saved many lives and prevented series injuries. I'm shocked that this officer survived and that he survived with those injuries. Despite his foolishness, he was brave and I wish him a full recovery.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#unsafetactics

bryantrent
bryantrent

O boy

Raymelson
Raymelson

Rule number one don't play on train tracks

reibertpa
reibertpa

Hope he's better soon!!

Dclement
Dclement

He will never use the phrase “I feel like I got run over by a train” ever again! At least not without a few minutes of flash backs and mental comparisons.


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