Muncie couple struck by train
MUNCIE, Ind. (October 17, 2015)–A Muncie man and woman are in good condition after being struck by a train Saturday afternoon.
The accident happened shortly after 4 p.m. on the east side of Muncie near Jackson Street and White River.
Investigators say the pair were walking on the tracks when they were hit from behind by a westbound CSX locomotive.
Muncie Fire Chief Brian Manship said they had some difficulty locating and getting to the scene.
Once they got the exact location, emergency crews carried equipment some 100 yards through a wooded brush area and up a steep embankment to reach the victims.
The unidentified man and woman were found sitting next to the tracks suffering from various injuries.
Both were conscious and alert according to medical personnel. Chief Manship said neither recalled the train being in the area or being struck.
The couple were carried by rescue baskets from the scene to waiting ambulances. They were taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in good condition.
CSX officials say the train originated in Virginia and was headed to Illinois. The freight train had 106 cars that were empty.
Police and CSX personnel continue to investigate the accident.