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Published: Saturday, 4/19/2014

Indiana man strikes building, later hit by train

Indiana man whose vehicle struck building in the morning hit by passenger train 15 hours later

ASSOCIATED PRESS

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Police in northwest Indiana say a man who drove into a building in the morning was hit by a train later that night.

The News-Dispatch reports that 26-year-old Carlos Cooper Jr. of Michigan City was seriously injured by an Amtrak train while walking along the track Thursday night.

Less than 15 hours earlier, Cooper’s truck ran into a restaurant. He told police he’d lost control of the vehicle while avoiding a pothole.

Witnesses later told police that Cooper appeared to be talking on a cellphone when he was struck from behind by a train and thrown off the tracks. The train’s warning lights were on and its horn was sounding.

Cooper was flown to South Bend Memorial Hospital, where officials said he remained in critical condition Friday night.



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