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February 4, 2015 at 9:03 AM

Firefighters rescue man stuck inside railway car after walkers hear yells, see feet

A 25-year-old man got stuck after trying to crawl into this access space on an abandoned railway car. (Seattle Fire Department photo)

A 25-year-old man got stuck head-first after trying to crawl into this access space on an abandoned railway car. (Seattle Fire Department photo)

UPDATED, 9:30 a.m.

A 25-year-old man who got stuck in a railway car near Shilshole on Tuesday night apparently slid in head-first through a small space accessible from the outside of the abandoned car, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

“He slid into the car with his feet sticking out, so for 18 hours he was stuck at a 45-degree angle,” Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore said.

Two people out for a walk Wednesday morning heard the man yelling for help and dialed 911. Seattle police and fire rescue crews responded to 6200 block of Seaview Avenue Northwest at 8:16 a.m., Moore said.

“We had to pull him out by his feet,” Moore said, adding the man suffered minor injuries.

Moore said that after some investigation authorities believe the railway car had once been used to transport dry goods, not oil as was initially reported. Moore said it’s unclear what inspired the man, who has not been identified by police or firefighters, to climb in the car.

“I don’t know how he got in there,” said Moore. “He’s not majorly injured; he’s being taken to Swedish Ballard.”

 

 

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