Utah man loses leg after Tooele train accident
A 33-year-old man involved in a train accident last week has lost his left leg and is undergoing surgery to repair the right leg.
Jim Hodgson was working at Utah Fabrication in Tooele Sept. 7 when he slipped while trying to apply the handbrake to a boxcar. He fell under the wheels of the car, which was moving at a walking pace, according to his family. The car almost severed his left leg and injured his right.
According to a Facebook page set up by Hodgson's family and friends, his leg was amputated just above the knee on Wednesday, and he was undergoing an 11- to 12-hour surgery Thursday to reconstruct his right leg.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.
Hodgson loves to exercise and had been training to run a marathon this year, a family member said.