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Man survives after being hit by train at Mossbrae Falls

A man survived after being hit by a train at Mossbrae Falls on Monday.

Posted: Feb 19, 2019 4:23 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2019 9:59 AM

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - A man survived after being hit by a train at Mossbrae Falls on Monday.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office received a call about the incident around 11:04 a.m. on Monday at the Mossbrae Falls area, just northwest of Dunsmuir. 

Deputies found Kyle Hutchinson, 33, of Dunsmuir, located approximately 1.5 miles from the Shasta Retreat, near the railroad tracks. 

Hutchinson sustained injuries after he was hit by the Union Pacific Train, but was alive and responsive when deputies found him. 

During the investigation, deputies learned that Hutchinson was new to the area and was not aware that the railroad tracks were in use. He was also wearing headphones, listening to music and taking photographs in the area. 

At some point, he saw or heard the train coming and stepped off of the tracks, but the front-right portion of the train still hit him. 

Deputies found that the train hit Hutchinson going 10 miles per hour in the northerly direction. 

According to the train crew, they sounded a horn several times before the collision to let him know the train was coming. 

"We are grateful Mr. Hutchinson survived this potentially fatal encounter with a moving train," said Sheriff Jon Lopey. "I would like to thank the involved deputies, medical and fire first responders, railroad personnel, and the expert and decisive actions of the CHP’s H-16 crew, which were instrumental in this safe, swift, and effective rescue effort." 

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office provided a video of the rescue taken from a helicopter.

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