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Flora Man Flees Car Before It Is Hit By Train East of Salem

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 46-year-old Flora man who fled a car that had become stuck on the CSX tracks east of Salem shortly before it was hit by a train was later arrested for driving on a revoked license.  

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say Jessie Ballard had lost control of the car on the slick surface of the County Farm Road early Sunday morning at the CSX crossing just south of U.S. 50.  He struck one of the crossing lights knocking it partially to the ground and then became stuck on the tracks.  

The train crew reported seeing a man run from the vehicle before it was hit by the eastbound train and pushed off the tracks. Deputies could not initially find the man, but learned of Ballard's identity from the person apparently in the process of selling him the car.  

Ballard was taken into custody after knocking on the door of a home on Apple Ridge Road.  The occupants of the home called sheriff's deputies.  Ballard initially said he was partying and got lost in the woods.  Deputies say Ballard was soaked in water and close to suffering from hypothermia due to exposure to the cold.   

Court records indicate Ballard had just gotten out of prison in October after serving a sentence for another driving on a revoked license conviction.    

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