Young boy loses leg after train accident in Richmond


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A young boy lost his leg after being struck by a moving train on Sunday afternoon in Richmond.

According to Richmond Police, officers were called to the 1300 block of St. James Street at 1:10 p.m. for the incident. The boy was taken to a local hospital after officers found him suffering from a life-threatening injury to the leg.

Gilpin Court resident Rudolph Phelps and his wife were on their porch when the scene unfolded. Phelp’s wife told 8News that she saw the boy playing near the train tracks with a friend. She said the boy tried to jump on the train, but he was pushed back, couldn’t get away from the train fast enough and was hit.

“I just wish I could take that Sunday back, but I can’t. It happened,” Phelps said.

Rudolph Phelps said the whole neighborhood jumped into action to try and help the boy. He ran down to the train tracks where the child was. Phelps said he tried to save the boy’s life by stopping the bleeding with a rope.

“Even though we weren’t able to save his leg, we were able to save him as a person. I think as a parent, we did what we had to do out there,” Phelps said.

Phelps told 8News the boy lost his leg due to the accident. Now, he warns others to tell their children to be cautious.

“As parents, we teach our kids where to play and where not to play,” Phelps said. “You can’t play around train tracks because a train isn’t going to stop.”

At this time, RPD said no foul play is suspected.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.

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