Jogger on tracks forces emergency train stop

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a freight train that had to be inspected after an emergency stop to avoid a jogger temporarily cut off access to a Vancouver-area subdivision on Wednesday.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says the train was westbound toward Vancouver when the crew spotted a man in jogging clothes on the tracks.

The spokesman says the man stood on the tracks, as if playing "chicken," then jumped out of the way at the last moment and started running along a nearby highway. The engineer applied the emergency brakes.

The Columbian reports (http://is.gd/bBHDGU) that Melonas says the train had to be manually inspected after the emergency stop and that took about an hour and a half. During that time, access to the Steamboat Landing subdivision was blocked.

Railroad police and Vancouver officers searched unsuccessfully for the jogger. There is no legal public access to the tracks.