JEDBURG -- A pickup truck that was struck by a train Monday morning had been abandoned on the track hours earlier by a man who was fleeing from a state trooper, authorities said.
Shortly before 4 a.m., an S.C. Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop a 1981 Toyota pickup on U.S. Highway 78 near Muckenfuss Lane, said Lance Cpl. Bob Beres, a patrol spokesman.
The trooper chased the pickup for about six minutes, losing sight of it near Mallard Road, Beres said.
The trooper looked for the pickup and was unable to find it until about 6 a.m., when a freight train collided with the pickup on railroad tracks near Orangeburg Road, Beres said.
To elude the trooper, the driver is thought to have turned onto the tracks on Mallard Road and driven the pickup about a mile up the tracks, toward Orangeburg Road, where he got out of the truck, took everything out of it and left it in the middle of the tracks, Beres said.
The driver has not been located yet, Beres said. The pickup truck had not been reported stolen.
No one was injured in the incident, Beres said.
Anyone with information about the incident should call the Highway Patrol’s Troop 6 office at 953-6010.