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09-08-2006, 06:36 PM
KEYSER, W.Va. — A Keyser area teen who had apparently tried to jump aboard a moving CSX train near the East Street railroad crossing was severely injured Thursday afternoon when he lost his balance and slipped underneath the train’s wheels.

Keyser Chief of Police Karen Shoemaker said the 17-year-old boy had tried several times to climb aboard the train when he lost his balance and was struck by the train.

The Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter flew the boy to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

“He sustained what appeared to be serious injury to his lower extremities,” Shoemaker said.

Police were able to interview several other juveniles and some adults who were at the scene of the 2:10 p.m. accident.

“There were several witnesses,” Shoemaker said, noting that the people who had been with the juvenile, as well as several motorists waiting for the all-clear to cross the tracks, watched in horror as the accident occurred.

One distraught juvenile, a friend of the victim’s, had to be handcuffed and removed from the scene when he became a hindrance to the rescue workers.

“He wouldn’t stay away so the EMS could treat (the victim),” Shoemaker said. “I can certainly understand how he felt. If he would have just stayed away, everything would have been OK.”

Shoemaker said, train’s crew apparently did not realize they had struck a pedestrian.

“They called and said they thought they hit ‘something,’ but they didn’t realize what had actually happened,” she said.

According to the Mineral County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Keyser and McCoole volunteer fire departments also responded to the scene.

Keyser EMS transported the victim to the Medevac landing zone at the McCoole Fire Hall.

The accident remains under investigation.