Steam-powered train helps rescue man after fall

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) -- A historic steam railroad in the southwest Colorado mountains has helped rescue a man who tumbled off a cliff and landed on or near the tracks.

The Durango Herald reports the man was found a mile south of Silverton along the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad on Monday. His name and condition weren't known. It's not clear how he fell.

Railroad Vice President Paul Schrank says the crew of a 137-year-old steam locomotive found the man shortly after 10 a.m. The locomotive was southbound from Silverton to Durango.

The railroad sent a motorized railcar and an emergency medical technician to return the man to Silverton. He was taken to a Durango hospital.

Officials from the railroad and the San Juan County ambulance service didn't immediately return calls Tuesday.

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