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Man passed out near railroad tracks causes train to stop


This news story was published on October 10, 2016.
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Mason City police at the scene on First SW and Monroe Avenue, where Mark Ciska was found passed out near rail tracks

Mason City police at the scene on First NW and Monroe Avenue, where Mark Ciska was found passed out near rail tracks

MASON CITY – An intoxicated man was arrested after he was seen passed out near railroad tracks, causing a traffic delay Sunday.

The incident took place on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 3:16 PM, when Mason City police and fire medics were called to investigate a subject lying next to train tracks in the 500 block of 1st Street NW.

The man found by the tracks was passed out caused the train to have to stop. Witness and officer report states he was lying next to – not on the tracks. A train crew that was in area stopped to check on him but not to avoid striking him, police say. This caused the traffic on First Street to have a longer delay waiting for the intersection to clear.

Ciska was found to be intoxicated and arrested at the scene

Ciska was found to be intoxicated and arrested at the scene

Police were able to wake the man, 47-year-old Mark Ciska, and got him standing. They started questioning him, and reported back to dispatch that he was extremely 10-56 (intoxicated). Ciska was handcuffed and taken to Cerro Gordo County Jail on a charge of third or subsequent offense public intoxication.  He remains jailed Monday.

The train started back up as soon as Ciska was taken away.

Police investigate

Police investigate

Ciska cuffed and taken to jail

Ciska cuffed and taken to jail

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6 Responses to Man passed out near railroad tracks causes train to stop

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 11, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Leave em alone..this stuff happens everyday in the big city. Let em sleep!

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 10, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    He just got out of jail for this. He is a serious alcoholic and is from a good family. Multiple times in treatment, hospital,jail..he will eventually die from this horrible disease..God be with him and his family!

  3. Pee Wee Reply Report comment

    October 10, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Should of kept goin

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Maybe if he didn’t have to wait so long for the train he would have been ok.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I see that liquor store next to the railroad tracks must have a back door? Too funny – he took a nap because the train was blocking all south intersections -happens everyday – nothing new –

  6. Allen Reply Report comment

    October 10, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Nothing like a little alcohol to help clear your senses. Dumbass.