Two teenagers were injured when they jumped from a moving CSX train in Shelby late last week.
The two jumped at the Ohio 61 crossing in Shelby, which they had mistaken for Grafton. They had boarded the train in Cleveland.
Richland County authorities said one of the teens, 19-year-old Raymond Gump of Dayton, was taken by a Life Flight helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus and was reported to be in critical condition.
The other teen, a 17-year-old female from Huber Heights, suffered trauma to her face and feet and was barely able to walk, according to a sheriff’s office report. She was reported to be in stable condition at OhioHealth MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital.
The girl told authorities that the pair were attempting to travel to Grafton where Gump has family. She said after jumping from the train, the next thing she knew is that she was lying on the ground next to Gump, who was unconscious.
She went to get help and Shelby firefighters found Gump lying on lying on a steep rock slope about 20 feet down from the railroad tracks.
Richland County Children Services officials told sheriff’s deputies that the girl had been placed in foster care by Montgomery County Children Services. Deputies could not find any information as to her being listed as a runaway in the computer system because she had not been reported missing by her foster mother. Gump is believed to be homeless.
Michele Weaver, whose business, Weaver’s Equipment, is adjacent to the CSX tracks, told the Mansfield News Journal that the girl came up and stood in the middle of the road outside the family business.
“We went to see what had happened and she was all cut up. We called 9-1-1 and brought her in and gave her some ice,” Weaver said.