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KINGMAN – A Kingman man is lucky to be alive after the van he was driving was struck by a train late Friday night.
According to Kingman Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki, police responded shortly before midnight to a scene involving a blue van and a train adjacent to the 3000 block of East Andy Devine Avenue.
Police reported the van was heading east when the driver attempted to jump the tracks and became stuck on the rails. A northbound train collided with the van, dragging it approximately 100 yards before coming to a stop.
A 25-year-old man was reportedly the sole occupant of the van and was inside the vehicle when it was hit. He reportedly fled the scene before being captured by police and was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center for minor injuries from the crash. The train’s conductors were not injured.
The crash delayed BNSF train traffic for more than an hour. There is no financial estimate on damage to the van, but according to Sochocki, it is a “total loss.” No charges have been filed against the driver pending toxicology results