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Man survives being hit by train

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The call came late New Years Eve: a man walking on the tracks was struck by a Canadian National train.

It was 32-year-old Chad King, of Independence. His brother Kurt, 20, first got the call.

“Basically, we were at a New Years party, next thing you know we get a call that he was hit by a train,” Kurt said. “He was walking to grandma's and decided to take the tracks.”

“Is that something you do a lot?” KWWL's Michael Crowe asked.

“No,” Kurt replied. “I honestly thought he was dead, first.”

Amazingly, Chad survived. The leading edge of the train hit him in the back of the leg, throwing him clear.

He told KWWL by phone that he had been walking on the tracks to visit family. He said he heard the train coming.

“I really thought I was far enough,” he said.

He was alert and spoke to first responders when they arrived. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

But the younger King said it's not the first time someone in his family got too close to the tracks.

“We actually had one get hit by a train in the same area, kind of,” he said. “My older brother Chris in 1999.”

In that incident, Chris was killed. Chad, however, escaped with some bumps and bruises, as well as nearly 40 stitches in his leg.

Walking on railroad tracks is considered trespassing. Buchanan Co. authorities could not confirm if charges have been or will be filed against King.

As of Friday, King was home, resting with family.

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