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Pedestrian struck by a train in Hurricane

Nov. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HURRICANE -- A young man was seriously injured after he was struck by a train Saturday afternoon near Hurricane High School.

The incident was reported just after 1 p.m. Saturday, and it happened on the tracks near Tackett's Branch Road, less than 100 yards from where 16-year-old Jacob Ball was struck and killed by a train in January.

Hurricane Fire Lt. Bob Bragg said fire crews assisted Putnam County EMS personnel in loading the patient in an ambulance and transporting him to a HealthNet helicopter. However, the patient's condition was too severe for him to be placed in the helicopter, and he was transported to Teays Valley Hospital, Bragg said.

Bragg could not confirm the man's identity. He also was unsure of the man's condition Saturday night.

That area of tracks runs near Hurricane High School, and it is a popular route for pedestrians, Bragg said.

"A lot of the traffic is because it is so close to the high school, and kids walk there a lot," he said. "I think they walk along the tracks to avoid the road, but they don't realize that walking on the tracks is just as dangerous, if not more, than walking along the road -- not to mention that it's illegal."

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