Doing Something Stupid Can Change Your Life

by Ben Hoffman

We all do stupid things once in a while. We drink too much and take unnecessary risks, and most of the time it just makes for interesting or funny stories. Here’s someone who did something stupid and her life will never be the same.

LONGMONT, Colo. — A 17-year-old girl severed both her legs when she fell under a moving freight train while trying to hop onto the train with three friends Monday afternoon, Longmont police said.

The girl is a student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, said Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur. Authorities need to notify her family members, who live out of state, before releasing her name, he said.

The accident happened at about 1:35 p.m. as the girl and three male friends were sitting near the train tracks in Longmont when a northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train rolled through town.

Spontaneously, the four decided to try to hop the slow-moving train, Satur said.

Two in the group — a 21-year-old Broomfield man and a 17-year-old Fort Collins boy — made it onto the train, Satur said. But the girl fell under the train and her legs were severed near the knees, Satur said.

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