By Joe Johnson
A man was struck and injured by a train in Athens Tuesday night, Athens-Clarke County police said.
Officers responded at about 7 p.m. to the area of Barber Street and Cleveland Avenue where they found the 55-year-old victim, who smelled of alcohol and "appeared to be conscious but was slow to move around, according to a police incident report.
The man, who police said had a Hartwell address, indicated that he was in pain “and kept asking, ’Am I driving?’” according to the report.
The victim was treated at the scene by National EMS personnel who subsequently transported him to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, the police report stated.
The CSX Transportation engineer who was piloting the train reportedly told police the train was traveling at 18 mph when he saw the man sitting on the railroad tracks.
After sounding the engine’s horn and applying the brakes the man tried to grt out of the way but was struck by the side of the engine’s cowcatcher, according to the police report.
The report did not note the severity of the man’s injuries.