One juvenile hurt in train accident on Berdan overpass

Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 3:47 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - One juvenile was hurt Sunday when a stationary train he was playing on started to move.

It happened around 2:41 p.m. on the Berdan Ave. train overpass near I-75.

According to a Toledo Police report, a 13-year-old was climbing on a stationary train car when the train started moving. The boy became caught on part of the train car and his foot was severed when he fell under one of the car’s wheels.

Alan Stouder is with Ohio’s chapter of Operation Lifesaver, an organization that focuses on rail safety education. Stouder says incidents like this are not uncommon; 15 people died and 11 others were hurt trespassing on train tracks in Ohio last year, the 11th most incidents in the country.

“When a train starts to move, they jerk really hard because it’s a lot of weight and it’s pulling,” said Stouder. “It’s not like our cars that go nice and smooth. When it jerks, it doesn’t matter how big and strong you are, how good of grip you have on those ladders or sides, you’re going to fall. and when you fall in the wrong spot things turn sideways very fast.”

The federal railroad administration says the United States averages an incident involving people or cars with trains every three hours.

“There’s a lot of pinch points,” Stouder said about trains. “There’s a lot of things that can grab ahold of you and pull you under the wheels. there’s a lot of different ways for the train to cause injury.”

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