Man Lying on Train Tracks Hit by Train in Marion County
Published June 4th, 2014
The name of the man who was hit by the train last night in Marion County has still not been released.
The man's legs were across the tracks when a 132-car train came down the line around 7 p.m. last night.
The train's conductor applied the emergency breaks and the horn, but the load was too heavy and the train did not stop in time.
Right now, we don't know why this man was on the tracks and officials are trying to emphasize how dangerous these trains are to the public.
"You're talking about tons and tons of metal that's coming down a track and in this particular incident, we understand that the track was traveling at the legal speed limit, probably below the legal speed limit. And unfortunately, the man just didn't get out of the way in time," said Judge Cochran with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
The man's injuries are so severe that authorities have not been able to identify him yet.
He survived surgery last night but his legs were amputated.
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