August 5, 1995 in City

Man Hit By Train In Critical Condition

From Staff And Wire Reports

A Spokane man hit by a train Thursday night remains in critical condition at Deaconess Medical Center.

Robert Stands, 24, walked in front of a Burlington Northern freight train near the 1100 block of East Sprague about 7:20 p.m., police said.

The train engineer said he blared the horn several times when he first saw a man near the tracks.

At first, Stands walked away from the train, but suddenly turned around, the engineer told police.

He applied the train’s emergency braking system about 162 feet before hitting Stands, police said.

The 90-car train was going about 25 mph, and it continued more than 700 feet before stopping.

Stands was pushed under the train and carried about 30 feet before he dropped between the tracks.

Police said Stands was alone. They do not suspect foul play.

, DataTimes

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