Boy 'a Little Upset' After Leg Severed by Train
Florida teen was rushing to make curfew at youth center
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2014 5:10 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Florida teenager lost part of his leg early this morning rushing to make curfew at a youth center, WJXT Jacksonville reports. Police say Jayson Ahrens, 15, slipped and fell while trying to board a moving train just after midnight, and his leg was severed "slightly above the ankle." But Willie Green, director of the Panama Youth Services center, says Ahrens was trying to beat the train near 56th Street and Main when he fell, the Florida Times-Union reports. People do that "all the time—crossing them train tracks," says a friend of Ahrens. "It's the shortest way to get to where you're going." As for the boy, Green says "he’s doing fine. He’s talking. He is just a little upset that he made a bad choice."

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rickydarlin
Apr 7, 2014 4:52 AM CDT
olympics anounce three legged race
Rob-1.
Apr 7, 2014 4:20 AM CDT
Lawsuit coming I bet, but he will not win.
Ezekiel 25:17
Apr 6, 2014 9:13 PM CDT
You would think nobody wins in these incidents when considering suits against the rail companies. But I did some work for an attorney who made part of his practice from suing railroads. He was not that successful but for attorneys its not to win every case but to win a big one enough to keep them in Lexus's, that vacation home, and that French villa estate. In the case i worked, a truck broke down on the crossing. The police had called the train dispatcher but did not get ahold of the engineer in time for him to power down. The truck was destroyed. The lawyer had me take photos of a lot of the wheels on the engine and train cars. If the engineer activates the emergency breaking system the cars will all have serious worn places where they locked up. This train had no such marks. The train company in this case was willing to pay a nuisance payment of $25,000 just to cover the truck. He got greedy and wanted to take it to trial. At trial, he managed to seriously piss off the jury and got bupkis. I didn't care, I got paid.