Guy Hit by Train Going 110mph, Survives

Darryle See was already up, talking when police arrived

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 19, 2013 7:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 22-year-old man who was struck by an Amtrak train going 110mph on Friday somehow survived with just some broken bones, and was already out of the ICU yesterday, WSBT reports. Darryle See told police he was walking on the tracks with headphones on, listening to music, east of Michigan City, Indiana. The conductor blared the train's horn more than once and applied the brakes, but See was hit and thrown 20 feet; one of his shoes came off and landed 150 feet away. "The conductor said it was a straight-on hit," says an officer.

See "says he doesn't remember anything until he woke up on the other side of the tracks," says his grandmother, with whom See lives. But by the time police arrived, See "was conscious and alert, sitting up and talking to us. I never would have guessed he was the victim," the officer tells the Northwest Indiana Times; he speculates that the angled front of the train may have deflected some of the force and saved See's life: "It could have been an angle that threw him off to the side," he tells the Herald Argus. See's grandma says he has "one or two" pelvis fractures and neck injuries; he may also have broken an arm, and he was scheduled to have surgery yesterday. (Click for another amazing tale of survival involving a 12-year-old girl and a black bear.)

Stock image of a train.
Stock image of a train.   (Shutterstock)
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