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July 3, 2014

Savanna man injured in train accident

SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. — A Savanna, Illinois, man is in stable condition after suffering a severed leg, hand and forearm Wednesday in a train accident in South Beloit.

Shawn Flickinger, 36, of Savanna, was airlifted near Oak Grove Avenue in South Beloit, to the OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois, after South Beloit Police officers responded to the scene of the accident around 7 a.m., according to Deputy Chief Adam Truman.

“We responded to 239 Oak Grove; there is a business there, but behind there is where the railroad is,” Truman said. “One of their employees heard a commotion, ran outside and someone said to call 911.”

Flickinger, an employee of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, suffered a severed right leg, and severed right hand and forearm, after he slipped and fell under a train car, according to a report.

Canadian Pacific Director of External Affairs Ed Greenburg said the circumstances that resulted in the accident will be fully investigated and confirmed at the appropriate time.

“CP’s concern and support are currently with the injured employee and his family; that is our railroad’s focus,” Greenburg said.

Despite Flickinger’s injuries, South Beloit Fire Chief Ken Morse said Flickinger is currently in recovery and alert after surgery at Saint Anthony Medical Center.

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