Young Australian loses limbs after illegal train ride in Revelstoke

Alcohol was involved in the incident which left the 25-year-old man with severed limbs.

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A CP Rail train in Revelstoke. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

A 25-year-old Australian man suffered severed limbs after being struck by a train in Revelstoke in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 30.

In a statement, Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said police were dispatched to the scene at around 4:30 a.m. after a report of a trespasser on the CP Rail tracks near Victoria Road and Wright Street.

At the scene police located the seriously injured man near the tracks. The man was conscious and told police he had been riding a train. He was under the influence of alcohol but was able to provide police basic information to the police officer.

The man suffered “complete and partial limb amputations,” police said.

In a statement, Revelstoke RCMP said it appears the man fell off a train he was riding and was then struck by another train car.

Police and BC Ambulance Service paramedics provided care and then transported the man to Queen Victoria Hospital for further treatment. His current health status is unknown.

In the statement, police reminded the public that trespassing on CP Rail property and riding on trains is a criminal offence.