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Man dies after being hit by freight train in Price

Published: Monday, July 8 2013 2:30 p.m. MDT

A 27-year old man is dead after being struck by a freight train in Carbon County. The man, who was fishing along the Price River, walked along nearby railroad tracks where rail crews were assisting locomotives across a bridge when he was struck.

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PRICE — A 27-year old man died Sunday after being hit by a freight train in Carbon County.

Authorities said the man, who was described as having special needs with the mental capacity of a 5-year-old, was fishing on the Price River with his caretakers about when he apparently decided to walk back to their truck.

About 6:25 p.m., the man walked along nearby railroad tracks where rail crews were assisting locomotives across a bridge. Union Pacific rail operators spotted the man on the tracks and immediately tried to stop a three-engine train from hitting him, but the engines were unable to avoid the man.

The victim’s caretakers said the man, whose name has not been released, had a fascination with trains, though investigators could not confirm if that curiosity played a role in the incident.

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