Man hit by train may have been attempting suicide - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man hit by train may have been attempting suicide

POST FALLS, Idaho. - North Idaho authorities say a pedestrian who stepped in front of a train and did not attempt to move when the train engineer blew the train's whistle may have been trying to commit suicide.

The collision happened in the area of Poleline and McGuire Friday morning around 3.

They say the train engineer blew the whistle and slowed down, but the victim did not move out of the way. That led ISP Officers to initially describe this incident as a suicide attempt.

Police say the train was moving at about 20 miles per hour when it hit the victim.

According to police, the man was been transported to Kootenai Medical Center with injuries that could be life-threatening. 

Poleline and McGuire were shut down from the time of the incident until just after 7:30 Friday morning. At that time police opened up the streets and allowed the train to move on.

Officers also say they believe the victim was drunk at the time of the incident.

A full investigation into the incident is currently underway.

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