Man survives after falling asleep and being run over by train in Siberia


A man asleep on the tracks has miraculously survived being hit by a train in Siberia – without even realizing it.

The man was reported to have fallen asleep in a far from comfortable temperature of -18C.

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It was feared the man had been killed after the conductor was unable to stop the train on the famous Trans-Siberian Railway. This fear may have been amplified when rescuers found him motionless, but fate did, he was actually sound asleep, The mirror reported.

The man had apparently been drinking and fell asleep on the track as he headed to a local train station to meet a friend, according to local reports.

The man was rushed to Kuraginskaya District Hospital, where doctors said he had several bruises but no serious injuries, and remarkably he also avoided frostbite.

He remains in hospital under medical observation.

“He is very lucky,” said a local official. It is not known how long he slept on the tracks.

Last week, a newborn baby abandoned in a cardboard box near the Siberian city of Novosibirsk was rescued by heroic teenagers.

The newborn was found by five teenagers in an egg carton on a lonely road near the village of Sosnovka, outside Novosibirsk, on Friday, according to local reports.

The little girl was rushed to hospital by one of the teens’ parents where she was declared fit and healthy.

Sosnovka region
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The baby was in a cardboard box designed to store eggs and had been left to freeze to death, police said.

Law enforcement is now looking for the baby’s parents and has announced an investigation into the child’s attempted murder.

Yekaterina Petrushina, a member of the investigation committee, said: “A criminal case has been opened for attempted murder of a minor.”

Russian Parliament Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said: “This story in the Novosibirsk region did not end in tragedy only because of the care of young men.

The parents of one of the teenage girls who found the baby want to adopt him but have to wait to see if his relatives can be found.

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