(Long Beach, California – March 31, 2011)
An as-yet unidentified male Latino in his 20’s lay along Union Pacific Railroad tracks with his legs severed by a UP train for three hours before he was found early Thursday. The man was found by Long Beach Fire Dept. personnel at 5:14 A.M., but a UP train crew who had passed through about 2:30 A.M. reported seeing nothing near the tracks at that time. Firefighters found the man’s severed legs and delivered them to the hospital where the victim was taken in critical condition, where doctors would attempt reattachment surgery. The man was conscious during the entire ordeal, which is currently under investigation by both railroad and public safety officials. The accident occurred east of Cherry Avenue and north of Artesia Blvd. , about 100 yards from the 91 Freeway, according to LBFD.