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: