Man Survives Being Hit by Train
An Aberdeen man is in Triangle area hospital recovering from injuries he sustained Saturday after he was hit by a train while trying to pull his dog off the railroad tracks.
Frank Alexander Keith, 52, was listed in fair condition at UNC Hospitals this morning.
He was hit by a CSX train at approximately 12:24 p.m. Saturday while he was walking with his two unleashed dogs near the Blue's Crossing apartments and the Bronwyn subdivision, police said. One of the dogs, a beagle, got on the tracks in front of an on-coming train travelling an estimated 20 to 30 mph. Keith was about a half-mile from his home at the time of the accident.
“He (Keith) was trying to get his dog off the track but the train got to them first,” said Deputy Chief Jim Foster of the Aberdeen Police.
Foster said the train engineer reported he saw Keith get on the tracks and began blowing the train’s horn.
The dog was killed and Keith suffered multiple injuries, including head trauma, he said.
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