Man struck by freight train in Fresno

The Fresno BeeDecember 7, 2013 

A man was struck by a freight train Saturday morning near Palm and Dakota avenues.

Witnesses reported that the man -- whose name has not been released, pending notification of his family -- on the railroad tracks with a shopping cart when he was struck by the train around 11:30 a.m., said Lt. Patrick Hanson with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

The man, who appears to be in his 50s, was in critical condition as of 1 p.m. at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Hanson said.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was headed south when the man was hit. It's unknown why the man was on the tracks, Hanson said.

Palm and Dakota avenues were closed temporarily as deputies investigated the scene.

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