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Emergency personnel carry a person to a waiting helicopter after they were hit by a freight train near West Second Street in Antioch, Calif., on Friday Aug. 1, 2014. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

ANTIOCH -- A person was struck by a freight train and critically injured Friday morning, authorities said.

Contra Costa Fire District spokesman Robert Marshall said the pedestrian suffered head injuries and was alive while being airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

The train struck the person about 7:35 a.m. on Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. tracks that cross a bridge connecting Sixth Street and Fulton Shipyard Road, Marshall said.

Burlington Northern spokeswoman Lena Kent said Friday that the train was headed to Chicago.

The tracks were shut down during the investigation.

-- Rick Hurd




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