A man is lucky to be alive after he was 'run over' by a train in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The man was reportedly intoxicated when he fell asleep between the train track rails near Simpson and Hardisty streets early Tuesday morning.

Train engineers discovered the man underneath the tracks and called local paramedics.

Paramedics took the man to Thunder Bay Regional Health Centre, and no injuries were reported.

According to Chris Adams, the executive officer for Thunder Bay Police Service, the man is lucky he didn't sit up since he only had about 25 centimetres of clearance under the train.

Nevertheless, Adams told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview Wednesday, "It wasn't really a police matter."

Superior North ambulance deputy chief Don Stokes said the man was still asleep while the train passed over him.

"[The train] would've been going slow… within the city limits," Stokes told CTVNews.ca.

Canadian Pacific Railway spokesperson Ed Greenberg said the train was a mixed freight train of over 100 cars.

He said that in order for a train to stop, it needs over a kilometre-and-a-half of clearance.

"Once the train crew realized that there was someone on the tracks, the train went into emergency and was unable to stop in time," Greenberg told CTVNews.ca.

"But they did try to bring the train to an emergency stop, to stop it before going over the man."

Greenberg said the incident should serve as a reminder to the community.

"Thankfully, the individual miraculously survived ... it's a reminder to stay off the tracks."