NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — An 8-year-old airlifted to Vidant Medical Center after being hit by a train in New Bern Monday afternoon remains in critical condition after suffering life threating injuries.
New Bern police said they received a call around 3:38 p.m. that a child was hit while playing on railroad property near National Avenue by the intersection of Biddle and F streets.
The child was rushed to the hospital as first responders attempted to save one of the child’s limbs.
New Bern police said the child was taken to CarolinaEast Health Systems and airlifted to Vidant Health for further treatment of his injuries.
Julie Taylor lives across the street and says she saw it happen.
“One of the little boys fell when he jumped,” said Taylor. “He fell, and he fell under the train, and the train was rolling him.”
The child was local and lived near the tracks, according to New Bern Police.
The track separates two neighborhoods, Sunnyside, and Duffy Field, which police say causes a problem when people use it as a shortcut to get back and forth.
“Communities being across with friends and relatives possibly, it’s easy to cross instead of going around maybe a mile to cut across,” said Lt. Doug Ipock, who responded to the scene.
Neighbors say kids are on the tracks all the time.
“That’s the only way as far as people that don’t have cars to be able to get from over there to over here,” said neighbor Ebon Stroun. “They just jump across instead of going the extra two or three minutes to go down there and come back up this way.”
Stroud said a solution is needed.
“A lot of people say they need to put a fence on both sides so this tragedy won’t happen no more,” Stroud said.
The train has not moved from its location.