CHAMPAIGN — A 20-year-old University of Illinois student had her right foot severed in a freak accident early Saturday.
Champaign police Sgt. Dennis Baltzell said the woman and a 20-year-old man, also a UI student, were on a train spray-painting graffiti on a box car when the train moved just before 5 a.m.
They both tried to jump clear of the train but according to Baltzell, the woman didn't jump far enough away and the train ran over her foot.
Baltzell said he wasn't sure how long the pair had been on the train, which was on the tracks that generally run north and south through downtown Champaign and parallel Neil Street. He believed they jumped off around the Green Street viaduct,
"He ended up carrying her back to the parking lot of Boneyard Barbeque at 25 E. Springfield Ave. That's where the officers and paramedics responded," Baltzell said.
The woman was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital for surgery, where she was listed in fair condition.
Baltzell said she and the man listed home addresses in Chicago.