Intoxicated man loses leg after being hit by train in Longmont

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LONGMONT, Colo. — A 22-year-old Longmont man lost his left leg after being hit by a train late Wednesday night, the Longmont Police Department said.

Police said the man was intoxicated and wandered onto the tracks just south of Ken Pratt Boulevard on South Hover Street when he was hit after 10 p.m.

A Burlington Northern train was traveling westbound at about 20 mph. The conductor saw the man from several feet away, braked and sounded the horn, but could not stop in time. The train traveled another 85 feet before coming to a stop.

When police arrived, the man’s left leg had been amputated and his right leg was pinned under the train. After the man was freed, he was airlifted to Denver General Hospital where he is being treated.

The man’s identity was not released.