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Santa Ana : Man Hit by Freight Train But Survives

November 09, 1986

A transient sitting on railroad tracks and drinking beer with friends was struck by a Santa Fe freight train Saturday afternoon and survived.

Police said that others in the group moved away from the tracks when they heard the horn from the oncoming locomotive, but the victim, Elias D. Martinez, 30, remained on the tracks.

Officers said Martinez suffered minor head cuts, broken ribs and a broken collarbone and underwent surgery at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana.

The accident occurred in the 400 block of East 17th Street, police said.

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