Doctors Amputate Man's Leg to Free Him From Underneath Train in Philly

Doctors were forced to amputate a man’s leg in order to free him after he became trapped underneath a train in Northeast Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for Einstein Healthcare Network on Thursday morning said on Thursday morning that two of Einstein's emergency physicians, Dr. Melissa Kohn and Dr. Megan Stobart-Gallagher, responded to the scene to do the field amputation.

The unidentified 46-year-old man somehow became trapped underneath a CSX freight train near Welsh Road and Grant Avenue about 2:30 a.m., according to investigators.

It took rescue crews approximately two hours to free him. He was taken to Aria Health Torresdale Hospital in critical condition.

It was not immediately known why the man was on the tracks. The train engineer stopped at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.

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