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Man hit by train identified

The man who stepped in front a moving freight train Friday morning in Post Falls was identified Saturday as a 21-year-old Coeur d’Alene resident.

Bennie N. Natewa, Jr., also of Zuni, New Mexico, was transported to Kootenai Medical Center where he remained in critical condition Saturday.

Natewa, who was reportedly wearing a skull-emblazoned trench coat, stepped in front of the moving train about 5 a.m. Friday, the Idaho State Police said. He had been walking near the intersection of McGuire Road and Yukon Avenue where the Union Pacific rail line crosses south of Poleline Avenue.

The rail crossing was closed for several hours during the incident.


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