Police say an 18-year-old Valparaiso man was struck by a train on Saturday morning on the Canadian National Railroad tracks near Yellowstone Road.
Police received the call at 11:26 a.m. on Saturday and were told to check on a male subject on the tracks wearing headphones, but when they arrived, the found the train had stopped and the conductor was standing outside.
Nicholas Domer was reportedly walking on the railroad tracks while wearing headphones, and the train conductor told police that he saw the man walking westbound on the tracks, headed in the same direction as the train. He said he sounded the train’s horn several times in an attempt to warn the man of the quickly-approaching train, but it soon became apparent that the man was not going to get off the tracks. The train conductor initiated an emergency stop, but was unable to bring the train to a stop before it struck Domer.
Domer was taken to Porter Valparaiso Hospital before being airlifted to a Chicago hospital, where his condition is not yet known.