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Lawrenceville man struck by train

WINDER - A man lying on the railroad tracks was struck by a train Monday and dragged more than 300 feet.

Ricky Fouts, 47, of Lawrenceville was reportedly lying in front of the YMCA and Learn and Play Child care when he was hit by a Union Pacific train traveling east.

John Lawton, the train's conductor, told police the train was traveling at 35 mph and pulling 53 cars when he noticed what appeared to be a white man lying on his back in the center of the tracks with a plastic grocery bag lying beside him, also in the tracks. The man was covering his face with his hands, and his elbows were in the air, according to a police report.

The engineer and conductor applied the emergency brake, the report said, and the train came to a rest in front of Polite Road. When Lawton exited the train, he saw the man's legs moving out from under the train and heard him screaming, the report said.

Fouts was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center via helicopter at 9:42 p.m. Monday, the report said. He appeared to have been dragged 320 feet, according to the report.

Police found a 22 ounce opened bottle of beer, a cell phone, a cell phone case and a small pool of blood at the point of impact, the report said. Fouts' wallet, driver's license and several dollar bills were also found at various points along the track, according to the report.

Vehicular traffic was shut down for about 12 minutes on May Street to allow the helicopter to land, the report said.