WHITING | A 19-year-old Hammond man was in critical condition at a Chicago area trauma center Monday after trying to outrun a train Sunday in Whiting and being struck by it, police said.
According to Whiting Police Chief Steve Miller, officers were clearing the beaches just before 1 a.m. when they received a call that a subject was hit by a train near 117th and Front streets.
Officers said the man was found lying between the tracks bleeding from the head and ears. He was initially transported to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and later transferred to the trauma center at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.
Miller said the engineer of the Norfolk and Southern Corp. train told police the man tried to outrun the train when he was struck by it.