Girl loses part of leg to train
MAHANOY CITY - A 12-year-old girl's leg was partially amputated after it was run over by a train in the borough Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities did not release the name of the girl but neighbors identified her as Angelina Kane, who lives in the 600 block of West Centre Street.
The girl, a Mahanoy Area Middle School student, was treated at the scene and then rushed to the Shenandoah helipad where a MedEvac helicopter was called to fly her to the trauma center at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
Mahanoy City police Chief John Kaczmarczyk said, although his department is assisting, the investigation will be conducted by Reading and Northern Railroad police.
Kaczmarczyk said the accident occurred on Reading and Northern Railroad tracks adjacent to the 500 block of West Railroad Street.
The girl was in the area with a boy when the train passed traveling east. Kaczmarczyk said the trains traveling through the borough go about 10 mph.
Reading and Northern Railroad stopped any other trains from using the tracks in the area while the investigation was conducted and the train that struck the girl continued east.
Kaczmarczyk said it is likely the engineer was unaware the child was hit.
Robert Rench lives in the 600 block of West Railroad and heard the train passing just like he hears on a daily basis.
He also saw Kane riding her bicycle east on West Railroad Street, the same direction the train was traveling.
"She was riding up the street and looking toward the train," Rench said.
The next thing Rench knew, Kane, who was with a juvenile boy, abandoned their bikes and headed toward the railroad tracks using a small path.
Within seconds she was hit, he said.
"It happened just like that, that fast," Rench said.
Nancy Burke lives in the 500 block of West Centre Street and said that although children, along with young adults for that matter, often walk along the railroad tracks, there is never any trouble.
"Normally they (the children) just play on the street, there really isn't a problem with children playing on the tracks," she said.
Reading and Northern Railroad police are investigating the crash but had no other information.