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Train hits man under Center Street viaduct

November 15, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Police have released few details about an incident where a train crushed an unidentified man Wednesday morning.

When police officers and emergency responders arrived on scene just before 5 a.m. at the Union Pacific Railroad, they found a man trapped beneath a train engine, said Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department.

The train struck the man on the tracks beneath the Center Street viaduct, but why the man was there or the circumstances surrounding his grisly injury remain a mystery, Hanken said.

Railroad employees assisted police and emergency responders in freeing the man from under the train. An ambulance immediately transported him to Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, and paramedics later flew him to an unspecified trauma center.

Until police have notified family members, they will not release details as to the man's identity and condition. The MPD and Union Pacific Railroad Police will continue to investigate the incident.



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