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ARDMORE, OK -- Police in Ardmore are still looking into why an Ardmore man walked in front of a train Tuesday night.

Police scrambled to the railroad crossing near 3rd SE around 11 Tuesday night after reports that a man was hit by a freight train.

"We suspect that the subject was very intoxicated and may have led to the poor decision to walk on the railroad tracks," said Sergeant Ryan Hunnicutt.

Even without alcohol, Hunnicutt says areas near railroads are dangerous.

"There's a lot of hazards, not just trains but there's unsecured debris and there's several reasons not to walk along the railroad tracks," said Hunnicutt.

People who live nearby say they saw 59 year old Lani Marris make the trek over the tracks frequently.

"I've seen him around all the time quite often," said Larry Wright.

Wright says he saw Marris before the accident some time between 8:30 and 9.

"I was on my way home and I saw this guy standing there but it didn't dawn on me until I heard about it this morning," said Wright. "I feel kinda bad I didn't stop and call 911 because I didn't know."

Ardmore police say they are continuing to look into the incident along with investigators from the railroad company.

"Our investigation indicates there wasn't any foul play, that there wasn't any intent on the victim's part to hurt himself or harm himself," said Hunnicutt. "It was just bad judgment and possibly his judgment was clouded by alcohol."

Ardmore police say Marris was taken to a hospital suffering from severe leg and head injuries.

He's listed in critical condition.