A 911 tape released Tuesday captures the bloody chaos moments after a 17-year-old girl trying to hop a freight train fell beneath the steel wheels, severing both legs.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon in Longmont. Anna Beninati, a freshman majoring in music at Colorado State University, and her friends were trying to hop a train back to Fort Collins when she slipped and fell under the train.
Fortunately, a woman who works as a nurse/emergency medical tech drove by and called 911.
"Don't move her! Don't move her!" the nurse is heard shouting at friends and passers-by trying to help the girl.
"Oh my God," the nurse tells the dispatcher. "I am on Third Avenue at the railroad tracks. Somebody just tried to jump on the train and severed her legs."
"Do not move her! Don't move her!" the nurse yells at people trying to help.
The dispatcher says: "I got an ambulance on the way for you, OK?"
"There are five people also trying to help," the nurse explains.
"There were four individuals trying to jump onto the train. One succeeded, the other fell and she severed her legs," the nurse says.
"Holy s***," the nurse continues. "I really want to get over there and try to help her."
She explains that she's in her car because she's on her cell phone and it would be too loud if she was to step outside.
"OK, go ahead," the dispatcher says, telling the nurse to stay on her cellphone so he can relay instructions.
"Do not, do not tourniquet (the wounds)," the dispatcher says.
"Do not tourniquet ... OK," the nurse said.
She tells others, "They are saying we are not going to put a tourniquet on her."
"Don't sit her up, you guys!" the nurse tells others. "They are trying to sit her up."
"No, we don't want to do that," the dispatcher says. "We don't want to move her."
"I know, I am trying to tell them," the nurse says. "You guys, just hold pressure as much as you can."
"Lay your head back, honey," the nurse tells the girl.
Girl Learns Of Amputation When Nurse Tells Dispatcher On Call
In another break, a second nurse, who works with the first nurse at Longmont United Hospital, shows up to help. One nurse has surgical gloves, which they put on so they can avoid infecting the wounds.
"Is she awake?" the dispatcher asks.
"She is awake," the nurse replies.
"Is she breathing?" the dispatcher says.
"She is very, very, very pale," the nurse says.
"How old are you, honey?" the nurse asks.
The girl faintly says she's 17. She says her name is Anna.
One nurse places pressure on the girl's femoral artery in the thigh, trying to stop the bleeding.
"Is she completely alert?" the dispatcher asks.
"She is alert. She is talking. Now she is crying," the nurse says.
"Don't move. Don't move," the nurse tells the girl.
The dispatcher asks: "What part of her leg was amputated? At the ankle? At the knee?"
"Left side is amputated right below the hip," the nurse tells the dispatcher.
The girl hears this and begins to wail.
"Oh, I am sorry, I am sorry," the nurse tells the girl. "I shouldn't have said that right in her ear. Dammit."
"The other one, right leg, it looks like (it's severed) right below the knee," the nurse tells the dispatcher.
"Ma'am," the dispatcher asks, "are her legs still there?"
"Yes," the nurse replies. "Her left leg may actually not be, but her right leg, definitely."
Two paramedic crews arrive.
"Without traumatizing her too badly, if we can collect those amputated parts ... But it sounds like the train is still moving. So if they are under the train ..., " the dispatcher says,
"The train is still moving. It's a really long train," the nurse says.
"Okay, then we don't want to try that," the dispatcher says.
"Do you have some cloth? Do you have something that you can press
against the amputation to control the bleeding?" the dispatcher asks.
"Yes, yes," the nurse says. "What we do right now, they are holding femoral pressure on the left (thigh). The right side
they have like a T-shirt, uh, around it."
"All right. That's is fine," the dispatcher says. "Continue femoral pressure."
The nurse says fire paramedics are on scene helping.
The dispatcher tells her to keep working with the paramedics and the call ends.
Second Nurse At Scene Talks To 7NEWS
The nurse who made the 911 call was too traumatized about what happened to talk publicly.
However, the other nurse, Kathy Poiry, told 7NEWS said she was just focused on keeping pressure on the girl's legs. She said she knew that if more blood was lost, the girl would die.
CSU Student Anna Beninati Is From Utah
Anna Beninati was transported to Longmont United Hospital and then airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center, where she is listed in serious condition.
Her family released the following statement on Tuesday:
"We are grateful to the outpouring of support for our daughter following this horrific accident yesterday. From the first responders and transport teams, to the hospitals both in Longmont and Denver, we are thankful to everyone who came to her rescue. We are especially grateful to several bystanders who provided aid for our daughter at the scene. Our family is focused on our daughter and her recovery and we ask that you respect our privacy during this very difficult time.
7NEWS has learned that Anna and her family are from Sandy, Utah.
Longmont police say Anna was trying to hop the train to get back to Fort Collins after she and three male friends had traveled to Denver, 30 miles south.
Police say a friend gave the four people a ride in a car from a friend from Denver to Longmont and planned to ride the train to Fort Collins.
The accident happened at about 1 p.m. as the four young people tried to jump onto a northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train. The train, which was hauling 118 empty coal cars, was traveling about 10 mph, police said.
A 21-year-old Broomfield man and a 17-year-old Fort Collins boy successfully got on the train before the girl tried and fell beneath the wheels, police say.
The 17-year-old boy jumped from the train, scraping his arm.
Another friend, Charlie Hamilton, 25, of Gillette, Wyo., helped pull Anna out from under the slow-moving train, police say.
Hamilton and the Fort Collins boy were cited for trespassing, police say. The Broomfield man left the scene and police have not been able to locate him.
Police say they do not suspect alcohol or drug use in the accident.
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