Iowa Teen Survives Being Run Over by Train

17-year-old walked away with cuts and bruises
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2011 9:29 AM CDT
The unnamed 17-year-old teenager blacked out on the train tracks from drinking.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 17-year-old boy somehow managed to suffer only cuts and bruises after being run over by a train in northwestern Iowa. The Altoona teen told city police he had been drinking at a music festival when he blacked out Sunday night. Two Iowa Interstate Railroad engineers told the police they spotted something between the rails just before 11pm. When they realized it was a person, they slammed on the emergency brake. The engine and first car rolled over the teen before the train came to a stop.

Police said boy was taken to a hospital with cuts to the back of his head and a bruise on his thigh. The railroad is pressing a trespass charge against the teen.

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