A sports utility vehicle involved in a chase with Richland police early Thursday ended up getting hit by a train near Prosser.
The Ford Explorer was hit by a BNSF Railway train about 4:50 a.m. near Interstate 82, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. No one was in the SUV when it was struck.
Richland police spotted the Explorer on Queensgate Drive about 4:20 a.m. and officers heard loud music coming from the SUV, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb. Officers tried to stop the car and the driver fled onto Interstate 182 toward I-82.
The SUV was traveling more than 100 mph and came up on some truck traffic on the interstate, Cobb said. Police ended chase because it was too dangerous.
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About 30 minutes later, the sheriff’s office got a call that the Explorer had been hit by a train, Lt. Chuck Jones said.
The Explorer went off a 30-foot embankment and landed on the tracks, Jones said. It was hit by the train a short time later.
Jones said police think the driver either jumped out of the vehicle while it was moving or purposely let it roll off the embankment.
Police have not found the driver. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Richland police at 509-628-0333.