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Man struck, killed by cargo train near Fernley

A Fernley man has died after being hit by a freight train in his hometown.

Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis says the 86-car train was traveling from Sparks to Chicago about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred.

Lt. Johnny Smith with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the man had been talking about solving marital problems by “sitting on the tracks,” and investigators say that’s what he was doing when the train struck him.

Smith adds that no foul play is suspected in the incident, which happened near the Fernley Out-Of-Town Park.

Davis says the crew accepted a few paid days off to participate in a company-provided peer counseling program.

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