A Michigan City area man who survived being hit by a high-speed Amtrak train while on foot remained in serious condition Monday at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.
"I'm doing OK. Not terrific, but I'm doing OK," Darryle See, 22, said from his room Monday morning on the eighth floor of the hospital.
See was struck by a train about 11 a.m. Friday, according to LaPorte County police. Police responded to the Amtrak tracks on the north side of U.S. 12, east of Michigan City, and found See about 20 feet from the tracks in some tall grass.
He told officers he was walking in the middle of the tracks with his back turned to the train listening to music on his earphones. The horn on the westbound train sounded multiple times and the brakes were slammed on, but the train, going 110 mph, had slowed only to about 90 to 95 mph on impact, police said.
Originally, police said he was hit in the middle of the front locomotive. Later, though, investigators said the engineer saw See standing just outside the right rail on the ties and the front of the train being angled delivered more of a glancing blow.
See was separated from one of his tennis shoes, which landed about 150 feet from where he came to rest, police said.
The engineer also told officers he did not notice See wearing any earphones and no earphones could be found at the site of the collision, police said.
Helen Hugley said Saturday she didn't know the full extent of her grandson's injuries but he did suffer "one or two" fractures to the pelvic area along with non-life threatening injuries to his neck.
Hugley speculated her grandson was walking to the nearby lakefront, something he often does from their home at Shady Oak Trailer Park near where the accident occurred.