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Man dies after fall from train on summit

SHERRY MAYS

A 27-year-old Pennsylvania man died Saturday morning of massive head injuries after he was found unconscious near the railroad tracks above Donner Lake Friday.

Kenton William Shaver, of Pittsburgh, apparently fell from an eastbound Amtrak train Thursday afternoon.

He laid there unnoticed until the following morning, according to Placer County Sheriff reports.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, railroad personnel noticed the man and reported the finding to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

NCSO dispatched medical personnel from the Truckee Fire Protection District, who met with Union Pacific personnel at the top of Schallenberger Ridge.

A utility train transported rescue personnel to the patient, where he was treated and packaged for transport in a Careflight helicopter, which flew Shaver to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev. Shaver was thought to be injured on the tracks for about 16 hours.

Shaver, who is described as being disabled and prone to having balance problems, was apparently standing outside the train on the caboose.

According to TFPD officials, Amtrak does not allow passengers outside the train while traveling through Donner Summit’s train tunnels.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department is involved in a joint investigation with the Union Pacific Police Department and Amtrak officials to determine if there are any signs of foul play.

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