By Elaine Forman
A man lost a portion of his right leg after he crawled under a BNSF train on the railroad tracks in Forsyth just after 2 a.m. Sunday. The train was believed to be stationary when the man went to crawl under it, but it soon began to move.
The man, 42-year-old Gary Fleming of Lavergne, Tenn., is in a hospital in Billings, according to Rosebud County Undersheriff Arlen Thingvold.
Fleming had been staying at a Rosebud County motel at the time, Thingvold said.
The undersheriff said that, according to the records, Fleming was “highly intoxicated” when the incident occurred. He had been downtown, as was his pickup. It is believed he may have started to walk to the motel, then went back to the pickup to get the motel key.
Fleming reportedly attempted to cross the track at 10th Avenue North beneath a railcar behind the First State Bank of Forsyth, when the train began to move.
Fleming lost his right leg beneath the knee, and his left foot was run over.
The call came in at 2:14 a.m. Deputy Bruce Price and the ambulance responded to the scene. A helicopter air-lifted Fleming to a Billings hospital.
It is not known what hospital he is in or his condition.
Thingvold said the sheriff’s office will continue to do some investigation, and the BNSF is investigating the incident. According to BNSF Director of Public Affairs Gus Melonas, the line was delayed two hours while BNSF reviewed the incident, then normal traffic resumed. The train was eastbound on the main line.
Published March 21, 2012