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Man Sitting On Railroad Tracks Fatally Hit By Train

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Sparks police say it appears a man was sitting on railroad tracks before he was fatally hit by a train, although it’s unclear why he was there.

The incident was one of two train deaths in northern Nevada within a few hours on Tuesday.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the first crash happened at about 12:15 a.m. near Galletti Way in the Reno-Sparks area. A train had been heading from Chicago to Lathrop, California when it struck the man. Sparks police said he’s about 50-60 years old, although his identity hasn’t yet been released.

The second crash happened at about 6:15 a.m. at the Logan Road crossing in Fernley. A train that was heading from Oakland, California to Chicago was involved.

Lyon County officials haven’t yet released victim information.

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