Bulletin Staff Report

A man who was listening to music on headphones when he was struck by a train was cited for alleged first-degree trespassing.

At about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Kyle Justin Houser, 23, was walking on the train tracks northwest toward the BNSF Depot at 240 SE Railroad St. in Bend. He was listening to music with his headphones covering his ears, according to the Bend Police Department.

A train approached from behind and blew its horn to get Houser’s attention. Houser, whose back was to the train, reportedly did not hear the noise and was struck in the shoulder and thrown from the tracks.

He sustained minor injuries and was transported to St. Charles Bend, according to Bend Police Sgt. Rob Emerson.

The area near the Third Street underpass on Bend’s east side is a common site of trespassing on BNSF land, Emerson said. From here, trespassers can hop on trains as they’re stopped at the nearby depot. There are many signs near the tracks warning of train danger.

“It’s very well-posted, and this is kind of the whole idea with that — someone could get hit,” Emerson said. “The result was very lucky.”

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