CASA GRANDE — Police say a 21-year-old man died after he intentionally parked an SUV on the railroad tracks in Casa Grande and it was struck by a train early Monday.
Casa Grande Police were called to the Baymont Hotel on Florence Boulevard to help a man who was threatening to harm himself.
Somehow he evaded police, got away and took off in an SUV, and police followed him.
The man drove the SUV to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks near East Jimmie Kerr Boulevard and East Tanger Drive and parked on the tracks.
CGPD spokesman Thomas Anderson said when police arrived on scene about 2:14 a.m. officers were not sure if the man was still in the vehicle. Officers were about to push the vehicle off the tracks but did not have time as a train traveling at a high speed was just too close.
After the train struck the SUV, the injured man was located in the vehicle and flown to a Phoenix-area hospital, where he died, Anderson said.
Anderson said the man had an Eloy address on his driver’s license but he was known to have also been living around Casa Grande.
Those needing help with mental health issues can call the IMALIVE Suicide Prevention Hotline serving Casa Grande at 1-800-784-2433.