Officer gets man to leave tracks just ahead of train

By The Associated Press

PORTER — A northwest Indiana man narrowly avoided being hit by an Amtrak train after a police officer yelled at him to get off some railroad tracks as the train hurtled toward him.

Brandon Seay, 25, of Porter, Indiana, was arrested Sunday on public intoxication, unlawful use of a railroad right of way and other charges, police said.

A Porter police officer was responding Sunday morning to a report about an intoxicated man walking along railroad tracks when he spotted Seay lying on his back on a set of tracks as an Amtrak train quickly approached, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

“I began running towards Brandon and yelling loudly to get off the tracks while waving my arms to signal the train conductor,” the officer wrote in the report.

The officer said he knew he wouldn't be able to reach Seay before the train hit him, but Seay jumped off the tracks at the last possible moment while clutching a six-pack container of wine coolers with only one bottle remaining.

Seay reportedly told the officer he had been drinking for more than two days.

Online court records do not list an attorney who could speak on his behalf. His initial hearing on the charges is scheduled for Sept. 8.

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