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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Man survives being hit 'straight on' by Amtrak train travelling at 110mph

A US Michigan man has been released from intensive care after remarkably surviving being struck by an Amtrak train going at 110 miles per hour.

Darryl See (22) was hit by a Chicago-bound train as he walked along the tracks east of Michigan City on Friday.

According to reports the train sounded its horn a number of times but Mr See, who was listening to music at the time, failed to hear it.

He underwent surgery at Memorial Hospital in South Bend to put a plate in his neck and had several crushed vertebrae.

John Boyd of LaPorte County Police, told the Northwest Indiana Times that: "The conductor said it was a straight-on hit.”

“It was absolutely amazing,” he went on to tell NBC Chicago. “I’ve seen a number of people get hit by trains and it’s never a good thing."

Mr Boyd told police it was the first time in his career he had heard of someone surviving such an accident. Police have estimated that the train was travelling at around 110 miles an hour when it hit Mr See. According to reports he was thrown 20 feet from the track.

Helen Hugley, Mr See's grandmother, told the Northwest Indiana Times: "He's going to make it. He says he doesn't remember anything until he woke up on the other side of the tracks."

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