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Train-hopping accident costs woman her leg

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SOUTH BAY (CBS8) -  Trains are moving slowly again after a woman lost her leg and a foot trying to hop a freight train near West Morena Boulevard just north of Tecolote Road.  San Diego Police searched for body parts Monday night.

"Her left leg was severed at the ankle and her right leg was severed at the thigh," said San Diego Police Sergeant Duane Voss.

Police say from their initial investigation,  the victim, believed to be in her mid to late 40's, was with a male friend riding on a northbound freight train.

"We had a report earlier that someone had seen people riding the train out of downtown," Voss said.

When the train was just north of Tecolote Road the duo tried to hop off the moving train, according to police.  They believe while the man was able to jump down onto the ground, the woman got entangled in the train car.

"We believe that may be what happened as they were trying to get off her legs swung just a little bit and got caught in the wheels," Voss explained.

The man ran to a nearby Circle K and asked customers in the parking lot to call 911. Moments later police and San Diego Fire units arrived.

"They got her and treated her as quickly as possible," said Voss. "She was still alive and [paramedics] transported her to Scripps hospital."

Another officer tells News 8 she was talking as paramedics left with her.

Meanwhile, the search for body parts continued in total darkness Monday night.  Her feet and part of her leg was found, but the freight train was stopped at Solana Beach to search for a part of the woman's thigh.

Police tell News 8 that both people appear to be homeless and alcohol may have played a role.

"I can't speak for the victim, I didn't speak to her, but the accomplice appears to be intoxicated," said Voss.

The man told police he had ridden trains for fifteen years.

An attorney for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway was on scene. Another railroad official tells News 8 the maximum speed for freight trains in that area is 50 miles per hour. A witness says the train was going much slower.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is now handling the investigation. 

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