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Police say video shows Nevin Walls of Spring Township fleeing police, jumping into train's path

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 07 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 09 2012 08:52:57 AM CDT

New video has surfaced of a Spring Township man fleeing police and jumping into the path of a moving train.

SPRING TWP., Pa. -

New video has surfaced of a Berks County man fleeing police and jumping into the path of a moving train.

The cell phone video was captured by a 69 News viewer and details exactly what happened on the train tracks late Friday night in Spring Township.

The video shows the man climbing up an embankment off Penn Avenue. Then, he stops on the tracks as a westbound train comes barreling in his direction.

"It's just crazy he ran onto the train tracks. I don't know why he would do that," said Brittany Moyer, who said the news has been circling throughout the township since Friday.

According to police, the man in the video is Nevin Walls, and he was fleeing from a uniformed officer. Just before midnight Friday, police were called after Walls, 31, wearing only boxer shorts, was acting disorderly in the 2200 block of Penn Avenue.

Walls ran into the parking lot at the Redner's Quick Shoppe and started screaming and yelling, police said. Then, he got into a car with a woman and child and demanded she drive away, said police.

When an officer attempted to get in the vehicle, Walls ran up the embankment, raised his hands and jumped toward the approaching train, said police.

"Anybody that knows him knows he wasn't in a right mental state," said Shaine Pachilis, who has been friends with Walls for more than 15 years.

Pachilis claims Walls suffers from severe mental problems.

Remarkably, he did survive. He was found lying between the rails and taken to Reading Hospital. According to Pachilis, he's since been transferred to the University of Penn in Philadelphia.

"It's just crazy to me that he survived, because that's a train you think you would get demolished by a train," said Olivia Hoyer, who heard about the incident Friday night.

Pachilis has seen the video, and understandably, he said it's hard to watch.

"It's mind boggling. Words can't even describe it," said Pachilis. "He's a fighter. He's young. He'll pull through."

Walls' father told 69 News his son is in bad shape. He said he's listed in fair condition and has multiple broken bones.