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Utah man loses leg after Tooele train accident

Published September 13, 2012 2:22 pm

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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.

A fund at American First Credit Union has been set up to help with medical costs. The account is under "The Hodgson Family," and donations can be made at any branch. Donations are also being accepted at http://www.indiegogo.com/jimhodgsonrecovery.

jmiller@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jm_miller

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