A student at the University of Alabama was injured early Saturday morning when he was struck by a train as he attempted to cross the railroad tracks at Hackberry Lane and Meador Drive.

A University of Alabama spokesperson confirmed emergency responders were called to the railroad crossing around 1 a.m. Saturday.

He said the student was injured while attempting to cross the tracks and was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, the extent of which were not immediately clear.

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"Our thoughts are with him as he recovers," the UA spokesperson said Saturday night.

The University is currently constructing a $21 million overpass that will allow pedestrians, vehicles and bicyclists to pass over the tracks safely. Experts estimate 70,000 vehicles cross the railroad there daily, and the overpass is expected to open by August 2021.

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