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Police identify man struck by train

| Friday, May 4, 2012, 5:58 a.m.

Jeannette police have released the identity of a man who was hit by a train last week.

Jeffrey Theakston, 43, was taken to Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, after the Aug. 20 accident. A nursing supervisor last night said she could provide no information regarding his condition.

Police were uncertain of Theakston's current address. His last known address was on Seanor Road, Irwin.

An eastbound, 48-car Norfolk Southern train struck Theakston around 9:30 p.m. along the tracks at Clay Avenue Extension near 12th Street. An engineer and conductor said Theakston was lying on the tracks when he was hit.

Theakston lost several limbs, according to police. Rescuers initially thought Theakston was dead because of the severity of his injuries, but summoned a medical helicopter after he sat up.

A police investigation is ongoing.

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