Mother and child recovering after limbs severed by train

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ATLANTA — A mother and child are recovering from surgery after both lost a limb while the mother attempted to climb underneath a stopped Norfolk Southern train on Oct. 19.

Local television stations report that the 28-year-old mother was walking home with her children when they encountered a stopped train at a crossing in Clayton County, Ga., south of Atlanta. Rather than wait for the train, she and the children went underneath to get to the other side of the tracks. Two older children made it safely through, but the mother and a one-year-old got caught under the train when it began moving. She lost her leg in the incident while her child lost an arm.

"Our hearts break when we hear stories like this, when people’s lives are forever changed by trespassing on railroad property. We hope for healing for this family, and that their tragedy will help others understand how dangerous it is to crawl under or go around a train at any time," says Libby Rector Snipe, Director of Communications for Operation Lifesaver National. "Until these tragedies stop occurring, Operation Lifesaver continues on its mission to educate the public on how to be safe near tracks and trains.”

Norfolk Southern did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Media cite local officials saying that no charges are pending at this time.

See the original story online.

UPDATE: Comment from Operation Lifesaver's national office. Oct. 23, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
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