Fourteen-year-old girl hit by train in Massachusetts

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Worcester, MA, United States (4E) – A 14-year-old girl who crossed the tracks in Worcester, Massachusetts was stuck by a train and brought to the hospital with serious injuries Tuesday.

Police reported the incident happened at 12:45 p.m. along Barber Avenue when the teen was heading to the mall with some friends.

The group crossed the train tracks and the victim attempted to grab the train’s ladder. Her leg was pinned by the train’s wheels and she was dragged a short distance.

A man who witnessed the incident, Jason Desrosiers, said the girl grabbed onto the ladder and “almost immediately let go but had been pulled slightly so she fell on her back and one leg went over the tracks.”

Desrosiers, who called 911, added the wheels went over the girls and “pulled her and rolled her as it went over her and rolled her away from the tracks.”

The unidentified girl was transported to the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center.

Investigators believed the girl cut through a hole in a fence to reach the Glendale Mall from the neighborhood across the tracks.

Reports stated the train did not stop and the crew may not be aware that an accident occurred.

The Providence and Worcester Railroad Company revealed there were two locomotives and 24 cars in the train.

In a statement, the company said the train operators during the incident were not hurt and added that they are investigating the case.

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