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OSP Cites Man After Being Struck, Injured By Train East of Hood River
12/31/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

A 47-year old transient was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct after he was sideswiped by a passing train and injured Friday afternoon along railroad tracks east of Hood River. The man was taken to a Hood River-area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
 
According to Senior Trooper Scott Rector, on December 30, 2011 at approximately 4:10 p.m. OSP troopers and a Wasco County sheriff deputy were dispatched to a report that a man was struck by a train between Hood River and Mosier. Following an area search for about 90 minutes a citizen reported seeing a man staggering near the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 just east of Hood River.
 
Emergency responders located the man, identified as 47-year old PAUL LAWAYNE LOYD, and he was transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries including a broken arm.
 
Investigation indicates LOYD was released Friday morning from the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles and started drinking alcohol as he made his way on foot toward Hood River. LOYD, who is known to travel along the railroad tracks, was walking west when a train operator saw him standing on the tracks and sounded the train's horn. LOYD reportedly lifted up his shirt to show a chest tattoo of the word "Railroad" as the train continued toward him. As LOYD began to move off the tracks he was struck by a ladder on the side of the passing train.
 
LOYD was cited by Rector at the hospital to appear in Hood River County Circuit Court on charges of Criminal Trespass in the First Degree and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. Alcohol is a contributing factor in this incident.