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A 27-year-old man was hit by a train after playing on the tracks outside a Franklin bar overnight, police said.
Indianapolis resident Matthew Huffaker was taken to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital with internal injuries after the accident, which happened shortly before 1 a.m. near BoJaks Bar and Grille, located between Jefferson and Monroe streets next to the Louisville & Indiana Railroad line.
He was in critical condition on Saturday, Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan said.

The man, his fiance and another friend were playing on the tracks as a train was approaching, O’Sullivan said. Huffaker had not moved far enough away from the tracks and the metal railing on the train’s stairs clipped him and flung him to the ground, O’Sullivan said.

Witnesses said that the man had been drinking alcohol, but police don’t know to what extent or whether it was a factor in the accident, O’Sullivan said.

Police are investigating but do not suspect foul play.

The weather overnight prevented a medical helicopter from taking the man to Indianapolis, so medics took him in an ambulance, O’Sullivan said.

Employees on the train saw the man get hit, and stopped to wait on police to arrive.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mholtkamp@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2774.