A 28-year-old Fenton man remains hospitalized following what could have been a fatal train crash on Sunday had it not been for an off-duty police officer and firefighter.
Lt. Jason Slater of the Fenton Police Department said the department received a call at 3:53 p.m. on Sunday advising them that a naked man was walking along Adelaide Street near Roberts. Shortly after the call, police learned that the man was spotted walking near the railroad tracks at Adelaide Street.
While on-duty officers were en route, an off-duty Fenton officer heard the call and headed to the scene. An off-duty firefighter who was nearby also heard the call and responded. The responders saw that an unclothed man was sitting on the tracks, hunched over.
As the officer and firefighter approached the man, they realized that a train was in sight and heading toward them. The two responders picked up the man and carried him to safety. Slater said the man would have been struck by the train had he not been removed. An ambulance was called to the scene and the man was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Slater said it was apparent that the man, who was unaware of his location, had mental issues. The responders did not smell any intoxicants and there was no clear evidence of any drug use.