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Thursday, Jan 17 2013 05:56 PM

Rescuers pull man from rail car after week or more trapped inside

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    By Photo courtesy of the Kern County Fire Department

    The Kern County Fire Department received a call for a man who was trapped in a rail car. Crews arrived to find a person in the rail car and possibly stuck in there for about nine days. Crews set up for a rope rescue through the top of the rail car.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Firefighters and other emergency responders rescued a man Thursday afternoon in Mojave who reportedly was stuck in a rail car for seven to nine days.

The man was coherent and taken to a hospital after firefighters cut through the top of the rail car and used a pulley system to get him out, Kern County Fire Engineer Anthony Romero said. The rail car, used by a cement company, was in the 9000 block of Oak Creek Road when an employee realized someone was inside about 1:15 p.m.

It was unclear how the man became stuck in the car or how he survived for so long. Romero said the man was possibly a transient who jumped onboard and it didn't appear he had food or water.

The rail car is used by the cement company to place crushed rock inside, Romero said.

Kern County fire crews, with assistance of the Edwards Air Force Base hazardous materials team and Caliornia City Fire Paramedics, monitored the area and got the person out.

Fire crews transferred care to Hall Ambulance paramedics, who took the man to a hospital for treatment, according to a fire department news release.

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