Teen's legs severed by train, rescuers abused

EMERGENCY workers were abused and had rocks thrown at them as they tried to help an 18-year-old man who had his legs severed by a train on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

The incident occurred at a railway crossing in Taree about 4:30am on Sunday.

Police said the man has had both his legs severed after being struck by the train,

On arrival, officers found the 18-year-old man on the tracks, with his legs severed. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition.

The train driver, a 33-year-old man from Queensland, who managed to stop the train soon after the accident and contact emergency services, was taken to Manning Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

A crime scene was established and specialist officers attended the location.

 Initial inquiries suggest the 18-year-old was celebrating his birthday with family and friends at a home near the railway line in the hours before he was hit by the train.

Police inquiries will also examine the actions of a group of people who threw rocks at police officers, and the train driver, forcing them to take refuge in the train driver's cabin.

Ambulance paramedics were also blocked, pushed and verbally abused by the group during their initial attempts to treat the teen, and an ambulance vehicle was damaged after being hit by rocks.

Police reinforcements were called and a number of other officers attended the location and dispersed the group. No one was injured as a result. 


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