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Man dies when struck by train

Train fatality

A man was struck and killed by an eastbound train early Saturday morning and The Dalles City Police are awaiting toxicology reports to see if he was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

Shon Hill, 39, of Ione, was found dead near the tracks at First and Union streets by emergency responders shortly after 4 a.m. July 5.

He was reportedly lying in the railroad right-of-way when he was hit by a Union Pacific freight train, according to Detective Doug Kramer.

Hill was on foot after having his vehicle impounded by Oregon State Police in Hood River following a DUI arrest July 4.

He had been transported to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities but an undisclosed medical condition prevented him from being kept in jail.

After being taken to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles for treatment, Hill was cited by OSP and released about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Kramer said it is not known where Hill went or what he did in the intervening hours between his release from the hospital and the incident that led to his death.

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