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Obetz Teen Suspected of 'Train Jumping' in Fair Condition After Train Accident
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) -- An Obetz teenager was in fair condition at Nationwide Children's Hospital on Thursday, a day after he was hit by a train on tracks near his home.
Brandon Pratt was on the tracks with friends. In a desperate call to police, the boys friend said Pratts leg was cut off during the accident. Neighbors said the teens were "train jumping" and something went terribly wrong.
Austin Comer's family lives nearby. The 16 year old said there was a lot of discussion about what happened in social media Thursday.
"They are not scared anything is going to happen. They feel like they are immortal. So they do it as fun. What they don't know is it can kill them, said Comer.
A train safety advocacy group Operation Lifesaver said the number of train-trespass accidents in Ohio is up 40 percent this year over 2012. The Buckeye State is sixth in the nation for these types of accidents. Coordinator Gena Shelton said she hopes to create more awareness to help educate the public.
"It does seem romantic saying you are going to jump on a train or smash a penny on the tracks, but really it can have life altering consequences in terms of injuries or death," said Shelton.
This summer a 13-year-old boy was killed when he tried to jump a train in Downtown Columbus to get to the swimming pool more quickly.