NEW BERN, Craven County - An 8-year-old child was hit by a train near the intersection of Biddle and F streets in New Bern Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The incident happened at approximately 3:38 p.m., according to a press release from New Bern Police. Officials said the child had life-threatening injuries while playing on the railroad property near National Ave. At the time of the incident, officials told NewsChannel 12's Adaure Achumba the child lost a limb but could not confirm anything further.
Witnesses at the scene said the individual hit was a boy that looked to be about 10-years-old. The child was taken to CarolinaEast Health Systems in New Bern then airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.
The train remained on the tracks while investigators from the train company and the North Carolina Department of Transportation were on the scene. George Street remained blocked at the railroad crossing as a result of the accident but eventually opened again.
The New Bern Police Department is working in conjunction with Norfolk Southern Railroad to determine the cause of the accident. All are reminded to keep out of railroad yards and off railroad property. All railroad properties are private property and should only be crossed at designated areas.
The New Bern Police Department is committed to partnering with the community to create a safe place to live, work and visit. Citizens are encouraged to become a "Partner in Policing," by reporting suspected illegal activity to the New Bern Police Department's TIPS line at (252) 636-5034 or the Craven County Crime Stoppers line at (252) 633-5141.