….Although police would not say Thursday if the accident was the result of a failed suicide attempt, investigators believe DeGroot sat in the car on the tracks for up to 25 minutes before he “changed his mind,” according to police.
But for an unknown reason, DeGroot could not get his car off the tracks. He got out of his vehicle and didn’t have time to call police or try to flag the train down before the locomotive smashed into the compact vehicle.
Police believe DeGroot had been drinking with his wife Wednesday evening and the two had gotten into an argument.
….Police believe DeGroot stayed around and watched them from a distance as they conducted their investigation. They picked him up a few hours later as he was walking home.
This is like a Carver story. (Tom commented, “I can see it now: 4 pages, and it’s called’ Union Pacific.’ Though it would take place in Washington State, and the guy would be dressed in hunting attire.”)