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Stephen J. Lee, Published May 20 2009

Thief River Falls, Minn., man run over by train loses arm, leg

The Thief River Falls man run over by a train early Sunday is facing a long recovery, his sister said Tuesday from Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

“He’s still on the machine,” said the sister, who declined to have her name published. “He can’t talk or anything.“

Delbert Ray Fineday, 21, was found lying on the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks in Thief River Falls about 1:50 a.m. Sunday, police said.

He had been trying to cross the tracks between rail cars when he was hit and run over, investigators said. They ruled out foul play.

Flown from MeritCare in Thief River Falls to St. Paul, Fineday remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit with traumatic injuries requiring amputations.

“He lost his left leg and his right arm,” she said. “And he had a lot of facial injuries.”

“Hopefully he’s going to pull through,” she said. “He’s pretty strong and he’s doing good. He’s stable.”

Her brother can use all the support he can get, she said. “He’s going to be in the hospital for a few months. He’s got a long road ahead.”

An online page has been set up for him at www.caringbridge.org, under the name, all one word, delbertfineday, said his sister.

She also invited anyone wishing to help to call the family in the hospital’s waiting room at (651) 254-1454.

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