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Published January 25, 2013, 09:25 PM

Man who was rescued off the train tracks in Moorhead speaks out

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- An update tonight to our lead story Thursday night. About The man who was yanked off the train tracks in Moorhead, seconds before a train got there.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- An update tonight to our lead story Thursday night. About The man who was yanked off the train tracks in Moorhead, seconds before a train got there.

That man reached out to WDAY today, after reading about the story and says he wants to tell his side.

His name is Mark -- he asked us to not use his last name tonight. His story was consistent in the two conversations we had with him today.

Mark called from Sanford's psych unit, a place he doesn't feel he should be because he says he's not suicidal. Mark remembers stopping by the library, then making his way north, but had to stop and sit on this bench because he was all of the sudden light headed.

Mark: "that's the last thing I remember.

And what was the next thing you remember?

Mark: "I woke up in Sanford hospital on Broadway."

Mark says he thinks it was a medical issue that lead to to onlookers to pry him from the train tracks. One of the men, Martial Avohou says Mark fought him and bit him, Avohou thought it was Mark's desperate attempt to get back in front of the train.

Mark says his personality doesn't fit what he was told. Mark says he's not on drugs or medication and wasn't drinking. He told us about his grand children and all he has to live for.

Mark: "I'm still dumbfounded, I read it in the paper and this morning I found out a little bit more, this is crazy."

Colette Kuznia was the first one to see Mark on the tracks.

Colette: "the train was coming and I screamed for any kind of help. I stood up on the tracks and waved many times to stop."

We found out today, she's a licensed counselor. We had her listen to our 12 minute interview with Mark. She says the story and description of what he was wearing all adds up. She doesn't think he's suicidal,

Colette: "It was dreadfully cold and his hands were literally white from freezing and it didn't seem like he had an aversion to that kind of pain."

And believes he could have had a medical condition possibly a psychotic break.

Colette: "It's a total break from reality where they don't know what they're doing it's a total disorientation, confusion and he did seem to have that."

Colette also said after listening to Mark, looking back it was like he was scared of the people trying to help. Mark told us he wants to get in contact with those people, and thank them for saving his life.

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