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Injury `quite severe' for girl hit by train
WORCESTER - The grandmother of a 14-year-old Worcester girl who lost part of her right leg in a train accident near the Greendale Mall said yesterday the victim's injury is "quite severe" and the girl's spirits are "very low."
The victim, Kirah D. Carrion, is a ninth-grader at Doherty Memorial High School, said her grandmother, who didn't want to give her name.
"She's doing all right. It's going to be a long road," Kirah's grandmother said. "It's going to take quite a while."
Kirah's grandmother said the girl lost the bottom half of her right leg. Police officials said the injuries are not life-threatening.
"We're taking it one day at a time," the grandmother said. "That's all we are doing right now."
Meanwhile, the section of fence between the mall and the railroad tracks, which had been pulled apart so people could cut across the tracks to go back and forth to the mall, has been repaired. Officials from the Providence and Worcester Railroad Co. said the fence is maintained by the mall.
Witnesses said teenagers constantly cut through that section of fence. Police Chief Gary J. Gemme said officers will keep an eye out to see if the practice continues, but said the area needs to be secured by the owners.
A public relations consultant for Simon Malls, which owns Greendale Mall, said the company would not make any comment on the fence or the accident.
Just before the accident, the girl had been walking with two other people when she got onto the tracks on the opposite side of the mall parking lot. She made a grab for the nearby freight train's ladder, but lost her footing, and the train rolled over her leg. The incident occurred behind 100 Barber Ave. about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.
A witness, Jason Desrosiers, saw the girl fall and called 911. He said the teen's right leg appeared to have been severed.
Medical personnel rushed to the teen's aid and took her to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester. The incident is under investigation by police.
Man stabbed in Proctor St. area
WORCESTER - Police last night were investigating a stabbing in the area of Proctor Street that sent one man to the hospital with a chest wound, according to police scanner reports.
The stabbing was reported about 10:30 p.m. and detectives were summoned to the scene.
Proctor Street is on the eastern side of Indian Lake. The street is just a few blocks from the scene...