ST. PAUL - A 9-year-old boy lost both of his feet after he slipped under a freight train's wheels Thursday in St. Paul, according to witnesses.
The boy was playing near the railroad tracks when the train hit him just before 6 p.m. at Ivy Avenue West and Farrington Street.
Witnesses believe the boy crawled several feet before reaching two neighbors who were outside.
Joe Kubiszewski's son was one of those neighbors who helped the boy before paramedics arrived. He tells KARE 11 his son made sure the boy didn't sit up because he didn't want him to see his injuries.
Kubiszewski arrived on scene shortly after and said the boy was alert when paramedics arrived despite his severe injuries.
"They asked him his name, or asked my son his name and the little kid who had been hit perked right up and blurted out his name like he hadn't been hit by nothing," said Kubiszewski.
It's unclear exactly what the boy was doing when the train hit him. Police would only say the boy was playing near the tracks.
The boy was taken to Regions Hospital. No further information about the boy's condition is immediately available.
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