Person hit by train in east Memphis

(WMC-TV) - Traffic on the railway line parallel to Memphis' Poplar Avenue came to a screeching halt around 12:00 p.m. Monday when a person was hit by a train.

Officials said the collision turned the busy intersection of Poplar and Colonial into an investigation scene for more than an hour.

The victim was taken to The MED in critical condition, and has not yet been identified. Police are still not sure what the person was doing on the tracks.

Police were able to keep Poplar Avenue traffic moving smoothly while they investigated the incident, but traffic on Colonial backed up to Park Avenue.

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