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A passenger on a Colorado train looked out the window and found the missing traveler

A passenger on a Colorado train looked out the window and found the missing traveler



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A passenger on a Colorado train helped save a missing, injured traveler after spotting him through a train window.

A passenger was riding on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado on October 10 when he spotted a pedestrian through a window and alerted a train conductor. That’s according to a Facebook post from the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management.

A hiker from New Mexico disappeared after starting a hike on a Colorado trail, the office said. He left the trail and headed for the banks of the Animas River, where he fell and broke his leg. According to the office, he spent two nights in the desert injured.

After the second night, he found a vantage point on the river bank and flagged down a passing train.

Two train crew members, also trained as paramedics, crossed the river and stayed with the pedestrian until Silverton Medical Rescue arrived, the office said.

The lost traveler broke his leg and spent two nights in the desert.

The rescue operation was complicated: a search-and-rescue team was flown in by helicopter and used ropes to pull the injured hiker across the river. Then the helicopter took the patient to a nearby hospital. According to the department, the search and rescue team was taken out by a small train from the river bank.

“Another difficult moment was successfully brought home thanks to teamwork and cooperation,” the office wrote.

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