August 14, 2012
A 17-year-old Palmer Ridge senior remains in the hospital after he was seriously injured by a train early Saturday morning.
Luke Hiser, co-captain of the Palmer Ridge golf team, was absent from the Terror Invitational Golf Tournament at Patty Jewett Golf Course on Tuesday. He was listed in fair condition at Penrose Hospital on Monday afternoon.
His coach, Paul Gagnon said the team had an emotional meeting Sunday morning when they decided to play. He declined to further comment.
Hiser is one of the top Palmer Ridge golfers. His brother, Alex Hiser, is a golfer for the school as well.
According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Luke Hiser was found near Mitchell Road and Front Street near the train tracks in Monument around 1 a.m.
He arrived at a local hospital around 1:40 a.m., said Battalion Chief Bryan Jack from the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Department.
The sheriff’s office has not released additional details about the case. The office has not confirmed Hiser’s name.
Lt. Steve Burk, of Monument Police, said he can’t think of any similar accident involving a person or vehicle on Monument tracks since he started working for the department in the early 90s.
“To my recollection, we have not had a train accident in Monument,” he said. “I don’t remember that ever occurring.”
He would not release details about the accident, referring questions to the sheriff’s office, which has jurisdiction of the case.
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