2-year-old injured by train in Butterfield

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Locomotive passes over child that had fallen on tracks

A 2-year-old boy was injured Tuesday afternoon after a train going through Butterfield passed over him as he laid on the tracks.

Sgt. John Lueckenhoff, public information and education officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said the incident occurred on the train track on the north side of Highway U. The child, who was at a home near the tracks on the south side of Highway U, was reportedly chasing a dog and was on the tracks about 478 feet north of the intersection of Highway U and Front Street.

The conductor saw the child on the tracks as the train was coming southbound around the curve, and the conductor locked up the brakes and stopped the train in 330 feet.

The child was running southbound and is believed to have fallen on the tracks just before the train got to him, allowing the train to mostly pass over him.

Lueckenhoff said the child did sustain a head injury, and it was not clear whether a part of the train clipped his head or possibly dragged him as it came to a stop. When first responders arrived, the child was alert enough to crawl out from under the train between the wheels.

The child was airlifted to the hospital as a precaution, but he is expected to receive stitches and make a full recovery.

Lueckenhoff said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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