A Newton man barely escaped serious injury and possibly death on Wednesday, when the small compact car he was driving slid off the highway and went down a steep hill landing on the railroad track underneath an overpass.
Police and other emergency crews were dispatched to the location on Highway 190, on the east side of Jasper, shortly after 3:00, when it was reported that the accident had occurred.
Workers at the scene said the 2019 Nissan Kicks SUV, which was traveling west on Highway 190, driven by Bryan Echols, 52, apparently hydroplaned on water in the roadway, causing it to leave the highway. The Nissan went down and large embankment, flipped end to end and right side up on railroad tracks owned and operated by the tracks, which are owned and operated by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
Fortunately, no train was approaching and Echols reportedly walked away uninjured. In fact no one knew the accident had occurred until Echols called emergency dispatchers.