Man is hit by railroad car

August 15, 1994|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Staff Writer

BALTIMORE -- An East Baltimore man was listed in critical condition at the Bayview Medical Center after losing a foot and having part of a leg amputated after being struck by a railroad car in the 4300 block of E. Lombard St. late last night, city police bTC said.

Police said a pedestrian was on his way to work shortly after 10 p.m. when he heard a man calling for help under a bridge above the tracks and called police.

When Southeastern District police, firefighters and medics finally located Robert Christopher Podowski, 38, of the 100 block of N. Haven St., at 10:45 p.m. they found him lying between two railroad freight cars.

Police said it appeared the man was standing between two railroad cars when they suddenly moved.

The impact knocked the man down and his right foot was severed by the wheels while his left leg was severely mangled.

After medics stemmed the flow of blood, the man was taken by ambulance to nearby Bayview Medical Center, where his left leg was reportedly amputated near the thigh.

Police said the engineer of the northbound train did not know the man had been hit until notified by police.

The incident remains under investigation.

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