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Union Pacific train hits, injures man in Colfax

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A Union Pacific freight train hit and injured a pedestrian in Colfax Saturday afternoon.
“It was not at a crossing,” Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said. “(The accident happened) some distance south of the Grass Valley Street crossing.”
According to Sean Lomen, engineer with the Colfax Volunteer Fire Department, the male victim was on the train right-of-way when he was struck.
Evidently the train was just pulling out, Lomen said.
A search of the scene failed to turn up the man, but Placer County Sheriff’s office deputies found him about 40 minutes later in downtown Colfax. He was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, according to Hunt.
“The train crew reported at about 1:22 this afternoon that they thought they had hit a pedestrian trespasser on Union Pacific property,” Hunt said Saturday.  “Our trains overhang the tracks anywhere from 6 to 15 feet depending on what we are carrying. Anytime you are on Union Pacific property, you are running the risk of being hit by a train.”
The train, which takes about a mile to stop, remained for about an hour and 45 minutes at the site.
“Our Union Pacific police have interviewed the individual (who was injured) and did confirm we did make contact with him,” Hunt said.
Union Pacific is continuing its investigation, which will include interviewing anyone who witnessed the accident, Hunt said.
Identification of the victim could not be confirmed by press time.

The Colfax Record’s Nancy Hagman contributed to this story.