Man killed by train in Gilbert

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A man died after being hit by a train in Gilbert. By Jennifer Thomas A man died after being hit by a train in Gilbert. By Jennifer Thomas

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A 46-year-old man died after being hit by a train in Gilbert Tuesday morning.

The victim has been identified as Patrick Zenner, of Gilbert.

Investigators said the Union Pacific Railroad engineer observed something, which turned out to be Zenner, along the railroad tracks in the distance at about 3:45 a.m.

The engineer blew the whistle as a warning of the coming train and the man reportedly moved, but his legs were across the tracks.

A police officer arrived at the scene near Elliot and Gilbert roads and found the man alive but his legs were severed, according to Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Bill Balafas.

The officer applied tourniquets to both legs and began compressions until paramedics arrived. The man was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Alcohol may have been a factor in the death. Investigators will be waiting for toxicology reports from the medical examiner’s office.