July 16, 1997 in City

Boy’s Leg Amputated After Train-Hopping Accident


A shot at riding the rails has taken a tragic turn for a north Spokane boy.

Shawn McCoy’s right leg was crushed Sunday by a freight train in Hillyard.

The 13-year-old boy remains hospitalized after doctors amputated the leg below the knee, a family friend said.

Police said the boy caught his foot under a boxcar while trying to pull himself up. The train, stopped near Perry and Baldwin, suddenly jerked forward.

Shawn was pulled under the boxcar. After he freed himself, he made his way to Perry, where a resident called for an ambulance, police said.

A trust fund has been set up to help the family. Donations may be made to the Shawn McCoy Fund, Seafirst Bank, 933 E. Mission, Spokane 99202

, DataTimes

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