Train hitchhiker hurt in fall; lessons needed in riding the rails

Hitchhiker fell from moving train.  Joppa-Magnolia VFC photo @JMVFC8

Hitchhiker fell from moving train. Joppa-Magnolia VFC photo @JMVFC8

JOPPA, MD. -07/13/2014– According  to the PIO of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, at 6:14 pm, the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company (JMVFC) was alerted for a patient who suffered a traumatic injury located on the CSX railroad tracks between Clayton Road and Raspe Lane in Joppa, Harford County.

When personnel arrived, they found an 18-year-old male ‘train hitchhiker’ on the side of the tracks.  All rail traffic was stopped.  Paramedics and Firefighters quickly stabilized the seriously injured patient.

A JMVFC paramedic unit transported the male in serious, but stable condition to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Trauma Center.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and CSX Officials are investigating the incident.  According to an initial report from the HCSO, the male, “was unlawfully riding the train when he fell off and sustained minor injuries.”

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