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Bystander helped save boy who lost part of leg in train accident

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NEW BERN, Craven County - An 8-year-old boy remains in critical condition at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after having his leg severed by a train in New Bern Monday afternoon.

New Bern Police are not releasing the identity of the injured boy, but more is being learning about the circumstances surrounding the accident.

21-year-old Dishawn Becton was taking a work break near the railroad tracks and saw children playing on the railroad tracks.

"I looked over there - (they) were jumping on and off the trains and the younger one had slipped and got caught under, so I ran over there as fast as I could," Becton said. "I was trying to run to the front of the train to get it to stop and (saw) that it was slowing down, so I hopped on the train."

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He couldn't find the boy who had fallen at first, but then located him laying near the tracks. His foot was separated from his leg, so Becton took his shirt off and tied it around the boy's leg to form a tourniquet to help staunch the blood flow.

Becton stayed with the child until medical personnel arrived.

He is hopeful that the lesson learned from the tragedy of the danger of playing on even slow-moving trains will be taken to heart by children in the community.

"I don't think it's safe for them to climb the railroads at all," he said. "Next time it could be worse - a child could get killed."

New Bern Police and the Norfolk Southern Railroad are investigating the incident to see if any citations or criminal charges will be brought.

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