Man injured by train won’t be charged
September 2, 2008
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” A man who injured his leg when he got caught beneath a moving train on Saturday will not face a criminal charge, according to a Grand Junction police spokesman.
“We don’t think it serves any purpose, given his injury,” Grand Junction Police Sgt. Derek Rosales said. “The fact he was injured is enough.”
Caleb Joshua Douglas, 23, was still listed Monday in serious condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
Douglas suffered “critical injuries” to his left leg at a railroad crossing at South Ninth Street, according to police. The accident occurred at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday.
Police said Douglas apparently attempted to cross the street while a Union Pacific train was momentarily stopped over the roadway.
Police said a motorist watched Douglas walk around the railroad crossing’s warning arms while they were down, before he placed his bicycle up on the train between two of its cars.
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Douglas reportedly then climbed onto the train, which suddenly started moving.
He tried to throw his bike down and lost his balance, falling beneath the train.