Teen loses leg when struck by train in Washougal

Authorities at the scene of where a teenage boy was struck by a train in Washougal, Washington on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (Photo: Patty Norman/KATU News)

A train struck a 15-year-old boy Tuesday night, severing his leg, according to the Washougal-Camas Fire Department.

It happened around 6:50 p.m. in the 4800 block of Evergreen Way, near the headquarters of the Washougal School District and George Schmid Memorial Park.

According to witnesses, the teenage boy was trying to climb under a slow-moving train to get to the other side when he was run over. The train's engineer stopped the train.

“He was trying to run under the train, and we were yelling, ‘Don’t do it!’” said 12-year-old Jeff Lynch, who saw it happen.

Lynch also said the boy thought the train was moving slow enough that he could run under it to reach the other side of the tracks.

Eric Bridges, a firefighter-paramedic with the fire department, said the boy was playing on the tracks across the street from the baseball field, where a game was being played.

People who were watching the games rushed over to help, he said. One person tied a belt around the boy's leg to try and stop the bleeding. A surgeon, who happened to be at the game, then put a tourniquet on the boy's leg. The boy was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where his leg was amputated.

The boy's aunt told KATU News that he is out of surgery and is awake. The family is asking for everyone's positive thoughts.

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