PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – One person was injured when he was hit by a train in Homestead.
It happened in the 400-block of East 8th Avenue.
Police say two brothers were on the tracks, when one was hit by a Norfolk Southern freight train.
The train was headed east from Chicago to New Jersey.
One brother was taken to the hospital from the scene. He was said to be conscious but was bleeding from the eyes and mouth.
The other brother was taken from the scene by police for questioning.
Witnesses say one brother was sitting on the tracks and heard the train whistle blow and either stumbled or fell when he tried to get up and wasn’t able to get off the tracks in time.
Amazingly, police say his injuries are non life-threatening.
“I just saw them bringing them in, between the trees over here, on a stretcher,” said witness Jacquelyn Ford. “He was mobile, because his arms were moving, so he wasn’t dead. And I didn’t see a coroner’s truck, so I knew he was still alive.”
It’s unclear why the men were on the tracks. Witnesses say there were indications that the men may have been drinking.
Officials with Norfolk Southern say trains in that area usually travel at 40 miles per hour, though it’s unclear how fast this train was going.
“This man today was lucky, that he wasn’t killed,” Ford said.
There’s a metal fence along the tracks, but pedestrians are known to cross the train tracks to cross over the The Waterfront shopping area.
Charges are pending against both men.
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