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Man With ‘Railroad’ Tattoo Struck By Train Ladder

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HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) – A homeless man with the word “Railroad” tattooed on his chest is expected to survive being struck by a ladder attached to the side of a moving train hours after he was released from an Oregon prison and began drinking alcohol.

Paul Lloyd, a 47-year-old transient, was released from a prison in The Dalles on Friday morning.

While walking on railroad tracks east of Hood River, a train operator spotted him and sounded a horn.

That’s when police say Lloyd lifted his shirt to reveal his tattoo as the train bore down on him. Lloyd slid out of the way but was struck by the ladder.

Police spent 90 minutes searching for him after a driver reported a man staggering near Interstate Highway 84.

He faces trespass and disorderly-conduct charges.

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