Man clipped by freight train in Clark County

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A Union Pacific freight train's lead engine passes over a grade crossing beyond flashing lights on a safety gate June 16, 2006 in Elmhurst, Illinois.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Clark County officials say a man was clipped by a freight train north of Felida, Washington, early Tuesday morning. He is in critical condition at a local hospital.

The Columbian newspaper reports the man in his 30s was sitting on the tracks when the northbound train approached and tried to break, around 7:30 a.m. Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy says the man was struck and thrown 60 feet down an embankment.

Dawdy says firefighters found the man in critical condition.

Dawdy said the area is known for trespassers and the agency has responded to several crashes involving trains and pedestrians in the area. He encouraged people to stay off the tracks.

BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the train was a Union Pacific freight train traveling north.

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