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Cap Metro Train Hits Pedestrian

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Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News
A MetroRail commuter train struck a man near Mopac and Parmer Lane late Monday afternoon.

A man was hit by the MetroRail train yesterday. Officials say the man was walking on the tracks near Parmer Lane and Mopac at around 5:45 pm. Capital Metro spokesman Adam Shaivitz says that this is the first train-pedestrian incident since MetroRail opened in March 2010.

"The most important thing here is the rail safety reminder. It is illegal and highly dangerous to walk on or near railroad tracks, and this was a very serious example that demonstrates these dangers," said Shaivitz.

Both the pedestrian and the train were both traveling southbound on the tracks when the train made contact with the man. He was taken to a Round Rock hospital with serious injuries.