B.C. ‘miracle man’ lives after being struck by train

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Police say it is a miracle a 24-year-old sleeping on railway tracks survived after being hit by a train.

“A 24-year-old Abbotsford man is lucky to be alive after being run over by a train while sleeping on the railroad tracks,” said Sgt. Mark Schulz.

The incident occurred at around  12:39 a.m. on Saturday. Police were called to the scene of the accident near Marshall Road and Riverside Street where there is a railway crossing.

“A northbound train was forced to use its emergency brake to stop when crew spotted a man sleeping on the railroad tracks,” said Schulz.

“The two locomotives and part of the first boxcar went over the man who sustained lacerations and bruises, as well as a dislocated hip,” he said.

“Attending officers and paramedics stated that it was a “miracle” the man wasn’t injured more seriously or killed,” he added.

It is unknown at this time why the man chose the railroad tracks as a location to sleep, however, alcohol appears to be a factor, said Schulz

The man was taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.

He is to be interviewed by police later.

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