11:30 p.m. Tuesday | A train collided with an unoccupied vehicle left on the tracks just west of Maud, Texas Tuesday night.
Maud Volunteer Fire Department, Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas DPS troopers were quickly on scene where they reported no one was in our around the vehicle.
Attempts to contact the registered owner of the vehicle were unsuccessful until he called to report the vehicle stolen about 30 minutes after the collision.
According to police radio traffic the owner was on the old Crystal Springs Beach property near Maud when he was robbed at gunpoint and was currently walking down county road 1111. Deputies reported searching the area but could find no one walking the road.
According to Texas DPS spokesperson Trooper Sylvia Jennings Union Pacific will be investigating this incident.
“Union Pacific is calling it an Obstruction Incident, since the vehicle had been left on the tracks several feet (50+ feet) from the railroad crossing,” said Jennings.
Jennings said the owner was never found.