SPOKANE, Wash. -

A pedestrian is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a train in the University District in Spokane early Wednesday morning.

The incident happened around 4 a.m. near Sprague Avenue and Scott Street, just south of the Washington State University Riverpoint Campus.

Police said the man was walking on the tracks intoxicated when a train approached him. The engineer of the train said he tried to stop the train, but it clipped the man.

The man is lucky to be alive; he was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police will be at the scene investigating until late Wednesday morning.