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Man Loses Leg After Being Pinned Beneath Red Line Train

By Emily Morris | February 21, 2013 7:35am
 Chicago Fire Department ambulances respond to an emergency.
Chicago Fire Department ambulances respond to an emergency.
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CHICAGO — A man lost his leg after he jumped in front of a CTA Red Line train and was pinned on the tracks near the Chicago Avenue station Wednesday night, authorities said.

Witnesses said the 37-year-old man jumped in front of an oncoming southbound train just after 9 p.m., said officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.

The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition after being pinned underneath the train in the 800 block of North State Street, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The man suffered "massive blunt trauma to his body" and severe injuries to one of his legs, which "included amputation," Mirabelli said.

The train operator was also taken to Northwestern in good-to-fair condition, the fire department said.

Red Line trains were diverted to elevated tracks between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown after the incident, the CTA said in an alert. Delays affected the line for about three hours.