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Railroad car connector smashes foot of 15-year-old El Centro boy

June 04, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

A 15-year-old boy suffered a smashed foot while playing on railroad cars Monday afternoon in El Centro.

El Centro Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Apalategui said authorities received a call at 5:45 regarding a pedestrian and train accident in front of Kennedy Middle School.

He said the 15-year-old, who officials declined to identify, had been apparently walking from car to car over the railroad connectors. While he was doing that, a train was connecting to the front cart, which started a chain reaction pushing all the cars. The boy's foot was caught between one of the connectors and was smashed.

Apalategui said the initial prognosis on the boy appeared to be good, although he suffered massive avulsions with tears to his foot. Apalategui wasn't sure if the youth had any breaks but he was able to move his toes.

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The teen was quickly airlifted to University of California San Diego Medical Center for emergency surgery. Information on his condition was not available this morning.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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