Boulder: Train hits man 7 hours after he was hit by car
September 24, 2008
BOULDER, Colorado ” The man clipped by a train early this morning in Boulder had been hit by a car about seven hours earlier, police say.
But he’s still alive, and Boulder police are suggesting today is the day for him to buy a lottery ticket.
Robert Evans, 46, told investigators he was released from Boulder Community Hospital about 3 this morning after being treated for injuries in an apparent hit-and-run about 10 p.m. Tuesday at Folsom Street and Canyon Boulevard.
Evans, who is homeless, was returning to his campsite when, at about 4:45 this morning, he decided to take a short cut across a narrow bridge meant only for trains.
Instead of walking a short distance down Boulder Creek to a bridge meant for people, Evans took his bike across the narrow train bridge, Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said.
That’s when the Burlington-Northern train hit him. A railing on a staircase attached to the front of the train apparently clipped him and he fell about 10 feet, landing face-down in the creek, she said.
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The train’s engineer heard him before he saw him.
Based on the short distance the train traveled before it ground to a halt after hitting Evans, the train seemed to be going quite slow, as is required as trains go through Boulder, Huntley said.
Evans faces a possible ticket for trespassing on the bridge, which runs about 50 feet.
Pearl Street and Valmont Road at the 4700 block were closed for about three hours while engineers worked on moving the train.