On October 14, 2013 the WCNC News station in Kansas broadcasted a story about a man in Topeka, Kan. that was struck by a train and then got up and walked away with minor injuries. For those of us here in the Puget Sound that use the Sounder Train to commute to and from work everyday this seems both odd and unlikely, but the strange incident did occur. Kristopher Wenberg is the man who was hit by the train and told authorities that he didn’t hear it coming up behind him.
The Shawnee County Sheriff, Herman Jones, said that the BNSF train conductor slowed the train down and blew the horn when he saw Kristopher Wenberg walking down the tracks but Kristopher never moved away and there was nothing the BNSF conductor could do. Authorities say that the 25-year-old man was walking on the tracks and wearing headphones that drowned out the noise of the train and the BNSF conductor’s horn. Unlike most people that have been hit by a train, Kristopher Wenberg was very lucky and was able to walk away from the incident.
Kristopher Wenberg told the authorities that he had been walking along the tracks with his head phones on when he was hit by the train. Walking on rail road tracks is illegal and highly dangerous. After being hit by the train, Kristopher got up and made a call on his cell phone and was able to walk away. He did go to a local hospital and was treated for cuts on his legs and shoulder.
As walking on the tracks is illegal, Kristopher Wenberg was cited for the violation. Of course you can bet that he wont be walking along the tracks again.