Longmont, CO — A 17-year-old Colorado State University student’s legs were severed at the knees early Monday afternoon after the girl fell while she and three male companions – ranging in age from 17 to 25 – were attempting to jump aboard the moving northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, officials say.
Two made it and two did not. The male companion that did not make it sustained minor injuries, said Cmdr. Jeff Satur, Longmont police spokesman. The unidentified young woman, though, lost both legs.
The incident happened in downtown Longmont, Colorado. The train’s speed limit through Longmont is 25 mph. News reports have put the trains speed at 18mph at the time.
One of the two companions who made it onto the train jumped back off to help. The other went on his merry way.
It was reported that a nurse was in a car waiting for the train to pass, and immediately administered first aid to the injured girl. The girl was reportedly taken to Longmont United Hospital by ambulance and then flown by helicopter to Denver Health Medical Center. Health officials said they couldn’t release any information about her, but Satur said he believed she was conscious and able to talk.
“It’s terrible,” Satur said. “It really highlights the dangers of trying to hop a train. It is not safe by any means.”
The woman’s two male companions who did not ditch her cited for trespassing, Satur said. The identity of the third man is known although he has not been located. Satur said no drugs or alcohol were suspected in the incident.
Satur said he didn’t know if the female would be cited.
“She’s got enough issues to worry about,” he added.Tags: Colorado, severed legs, train-hopping