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Men Charged After Jumping to Avoid Oncoming Train

Three men were charged.

Three men will be charged with trespassing after an incident last week when one of the men had to jump into a Clifton ravine to avoid an oncoming train.

The men, ages 19, 20, and 31 will be charged with misdemeanor trespassing and, in addition, a charge of trespassing on a railroad track, according to Robin C. Chapman, spokesman for the Norfolk Southern Corporation.

Their names have not been released.

The Fairfax County Police Department reports that the men were hiking through the woods in the Hemlock Regional Park in Clifton on April 4 when they came across a railroad bridge. As they crossed the bridge, they encountered the oncoming train.

Two of the men made it across, but police say a third jumped to avoid being struck by a train. He was taken to a nearby hospital by an FCPD helicopter where he was treated for his injuries.

The train, #337, was on the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Manassas line, which had departed from Union Station in D.C. at 7:50 p.m.. The accident reportedly delayed the train for more than an hour.

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