POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:45am
UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 11:54am
Troup, Texas (KETK) —
The blood trail of a man who hit a train on Wednesday night led authorities to his home where a major marijuana growing operation was discovered.
According to Troup Police Chief Pat Hendrix, a Troup man hit a Union Pacific train that was going northbound at 10 miles per hour around 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday at the crossing of Railroad Loop and Front Street.
A crew of Union Pacific workers were on another train that was stopped on the tracks nearby. They tried to help the man, but he ran away.
The Union Pacific Police were contacted by the train conductor after the man struck the train. UPP got in touch with the Troup Police Department to inform them of the accident.
When police arrived, they noticed a trail of blood leading away from the scene of the accident. Authorities followed the trail about 200 yards away to a house on County Line Road. Upon arriving at the house, multiple officers, as well as EMS, were dispatched to the address.
Police entered the home to find four of five potted marijuana plants, 18 dried marijuana plants hanging from the ceiling, along with a blunt rolling station. Officers did not find the man in the house, but noticed a travel trailer in the yard. Authorities then went inside the trailer and discovered eight more marijuana plants and the injured man.
The man was suffering from broken ribs and a deep cut, exposing the bone, on his arm.
The individual was then taken to ETMC in Tyler to be treated for his injuries.
Chief Hendrix says the man has not been arrested, but upon his release from the hospital, he is expected to be charged with possession of five to 50 pounds of an illegal substance.