A 22-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured Friday after being hit by a train in the 900 block of West 24th Street, Merced police reported.
Police responded to the scene shortly after 3 a.m. and found the victim, Ahmad Baig of Merced, bleeding from his right arm, head and legs. The victim, who was still conscious when police arrived, was lying about 15 feet south of the train tracks, according to Lt. Bimley West.
The engine of the train was at the M Street railroad crossing when police arrived. The train, which was 75 cars long, was forced to stop after striking the victim, West said.
Conductors said the train was headed eastbound when Baig and two other men were seen walking toward the train on the tracks. The train operators reported blowing its horn to alert them to get off the track, but the trio continued walking toward the train.
Traveling at about 45 mph, the train became dangerously close to the pedestrians, they jumped clear, but the conductors heard something hit the train. They applied the train's brakes.
Baig was taken to a local hospital, while police interviewed his friends.
West said the case will be forwarded to the Merced County District Attorney's Office and the trio could face charges.
-- Sun-Star staff