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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Man critically injured after being struck by train in Johnson County

Posted: September 15, 2012 - 3:36am
Updated: September 16, 2012 - 2:11am

A man is in critical condition this morning after being struck by a train south of Olathe.

Officials say shortly before 3 a.m. a man was walking on the railroad tracks near U.S. 169 Highway south of 167th Street when he was struck by a train. Once the slow moving Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was able to stop, the engineer called for help and located the man, unconscious.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived on scene and confirmed the man was unconscious, but breathing. Firefighters from the Olathe Fire Department and Johnson County Fire District No. 2, along with Johnson County Med-Act arrived on scene and reported critical injuries.

The man, only described as being in his late 20's or early 30's was transported to an area trauma center for treatment.

Northbound lanes on U.S. 169 highway were closed for a short time while crews were on the scene. The highway has since reopened. All rail traffic is being diverted around the area as the investigation continues, according to a BNSF spokesperson.

The Sheriff's Office says the man's injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

No other information is currently being released. Authorities say they are investigating why the man was walking on the tracks and what, if any, role alcohol may have played in the accident.

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