CSU Student Who Lost Legs In Good Spirits

Anna Beninati Meets Friends Who Jumped Train With Her

The Colorado State University student who lost her legs while attempting to jump on a passing freight train met with the three friends who were with her at the time.

The family released a photo of the three greeting 17-year-old Anna Beninati in her hospital room before she went into surgery. The photo was dated Friday.

The four were together in Longmont on Sept. 5 when police said they tried to jump on a passing freight train. Beninati slipped and fell beneath the train which severed her legs.

The family released a statement Friday that said:

    "Anna is awake and understands the extent of her injuries. She is surrounded by family and friends at her bedside who are offering comfort and support.

    "Anna is a vibrant young woman who combines her passion for music with a passion for helping autistic children, having mentored these special children while in high school. Anna found the best of both worlds at CSU, where she has chosen to major in music therapy and eventually work with children with autism spectrum disorders.

    "We appreciate the heartwarming of support shown to Anna by the community and her new friends in Fort Collins. We are also grateful for the care she is receiving at Denver Health Medical Center.

    "Anna’s close friends know her by Rush, a nickname she earned from a school teacher not by rushing through assignments, but for her eagerness to see what is next. Anna is an adventurer by heart, and we believe this experience will make her stronger on her next adventure."

Beninati is a freshman at CSU and is from Sandy, Utah.

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