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21-Year-Old Man Found Injured on Railroad Tracks

Man told paramedics that he was "struck by a train" after he was found lying on CSX railroad tracks in Evergreen Park early Tuesday morning.

21-Year-Old Man Found Injured on Railroad Tracks

A woman out walking in early Tuesday morning found an injured man laying on the CSX railroad tracks in Evergreen Park.

Evergreen Park Police responded to the 8700 block of South Rockwell Avenue around 12:49 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a person struck on injured by a train, a police news advisory said.

When police rolled up on the scene, they found a 21-year-old man and the woman who found him at the tracks near 87th Street and Rockwell Avenue.

According to the police, the woman had been out walking in the area when she saw the man laying on the southbound railroad tracks. She yelled at him to get off the tracks and continued walking.

She was in the 9100 block of South Rockwell when she saw a northbound CSX freight train heading towards the man, police said.

As she approached the man she observed that he was injured. Police said she was able to drag him away from the railroad tracks before the train could strike him.

The woman knocked on a nearby resident’s door and asked them to call for an ambulance. Police said the woman did not see how the man had been injured.

The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for his injuries. While being transported to the hospital, the man informed paramedics that he had been hit by a train which he had not seen coming, police said.

Witnesses at the scene said the 21-year-old man may have been wearing headphones when he was purportedly struck.

The incident is being investigated by the Evergreen Park Police Department and CSX Police, who were notified of the incident by Evergreen Park police.

A CSX spokeswoman said railroad officials were investigating the incident and that the man's injuries had not been confirmed as train-related. 

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