Teen Dies Days After Legs Severed at Birthday Party

Police say the train was moving slowly because it was about to stop and change drivers.  (AP Photo/Mike Eckel)
Police say the train was moving slowly because it was about to stop and change drivers.
(AP Photo/Mike Eckel)

A teenager whose legs were severed in a train accident on the NSW mid-north coast during his 18th birthday celebrations has died in hospital, police say.

The man was taken to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle in a serious condition after he was struck by the freight train in Taree in the early hours of December 21.

Both of his legs were severed above the knee in the accident, which occurred at a level crossing on Bushland Drive.

Police from the Manning-Great Lakes local area command confirmed the teenager died in hospital on Christmas Eve, three days after the accident.

The teenager, who is understood to have been visiting Taree with his family, had been celebrating his 18th birthday with a group of people on the night he was struck by the train, police said.

Taree Mayor Paul Hogan said on Tuesday he had only just learnt of the teenager’s death.

“The death of the young lad is very sad, very upsetting,” he said.

Police are still examining how the man came to be on the train tracks at 4.30 on the morning he was struck.

They are also looking at the actions of a group of people who hurled rocks and verbal abuse at emergency service workers as they arrived to try to help the teenager, who was trapped beneath the train and lapsing in and out of consciousness.

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SOURCE: The Sydney Morning Herald
Megan Levy