Railcar rescues man with injury

Fall from cliff landed him near tracks mile south of Silverton

A man was injured Monday morning when he fell from a cliff less than a mile south of Silverton and landed on or beside the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks.

The privately owned Eureka Palisade No. 4, an 1875 locomotive in Durango for the Railfest, had left Silverton at 10 a.m., and the crew found the victim, said Paul Schrank, vice president and general manager of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

The railroad sent a motor railcar and an emergency medical technician to return the man to Silverton, Schrank said.

Details are sketchy. No official source knew the victim’s name, why he was on the cliff, how far he fell or what injuries he suffered.

Karola Hanks, with Durango Fire & Rescue Authority, said the Silverton San Juan County ambulance took the victim to Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort where he was taken by air ambulance to Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Mercy spokesman David Bruzzese said he couldn’t provide information without knowing the name of the victim.


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