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Aberdeen pedestrian hit by train

A 24-year-old man, who police said was walking with two other people on the CSX railroad tracks near the 100 block of N. Rogers St. in Aberdeen at about 10:50 p.m. Monday, was struck by an oncoming train, police reported.

Police said they were called for a report of a person struck by a train and found a man along the tracks suffering non-life threatening injuries to his lower extremities. The man, who police have not yet identified, was taken by an Aberdeen Fire Department ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, where his condition was listed as stable, according to police. Trespassing charges are pending against the injured man, police said

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Investigators said that three people were walking on the CSX tracks in a prohibited area when a southwest bound train with 44 cars came upon the individuals. All three jumped out of the way, police said, but the injured party did not fully clear the engine. The engineer activated all emergency warning devices to warn the pedestrians of the impending danger. The pedestrians, however, waited until the last second to clear the tracks, according to police.

Radford Ashford, 22, one of the three, has been charged with trespassing. The third person fled.

In the wake of this incident, Aberdeen Police are reminding the public that trespassing on railroad tracks is not only dangerous, but also against the law.

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