Aug 142013

By Nick Worth
An escapade that began with the early morning theft of a car from a residence in the 1400 block of Smithson Drive in Holbrook last Wednesday, Aug. 7, resulted in the vehicle rolling onto its roof on the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks on Navajo Blvd., where it was struck by an eastbound train.
According to the Holbrook Police Department, no one was in the green 2009 Toyota Corolla when the train hit it at 4:59 a.m. Officers said the suspects had apparently fled the scene after rolling the car.
The BNSF train stopped after hitting the car, in accordance with company policy. The railroad has its own investigators that are sent to every accident scene.
A metal ladder on the front left side of the train was bent and folded, causing an estimated $4,000 in damage.
It is not known how long the car was resting on the tracks before the train struck it. The car was totaled in the accident.
Later that day, the owner of the wrecked car reported a burglary in which someone had gone through two other vehicles and had stolen a pair of Bose headphones.
Police confirmed the two cases are connected. The investigation remains active.