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Man hit by train in downtown Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS -- A man was struck by a train Friday morning in downtown Grand Forks. The unidentified victim appeared to be walking north near Kittson Avenue and South Fourth Street when the eastbound train struck him and dragged him under, injurin...

GRAND FORKS -- A man was struck by a train Friday morning in downtown Grand Forks.

The unidentified victim appeared to be walking north near Kittson Avenue and South Fourth Street when the eastbound train struck him and dragged him under, injuring his back, leg and possibly other areas, Grand Forks police said. He was taken by ambulance to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

Ward Perry said he witnessed the incident, which he estimated happened about 10:15 a.m.,

Perry said he ran over to the man and noticed he was bleeding from the mouth and “the back of his jacket was pretty messed up.”

Perry called the police at which time they instructed him to not touch the man but to make sure he was still breathing.

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“He didn’t even have any shoes on,” Perry said of the man. Perry estimated the man was in his 50s or early 60s and said he had seen him at the nearby Northlands Rescue Mission before.

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