Germantown teen faces long recovery after accident severs leg - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Germantown teen faces long recovery after accident severs leg

Caleb Roedel (source: Facebook) Caleb Roedel (source: Facebook)

(WMC-TV) - A Germantown teenager is recovering after an accident with a train severed half of his leg.

Caleb Roedel's near-death encounter Saturday night with a moving train had his fellow classmates at Germantown High worried.

"There's been a lot of talk about it in school today," Collin Hutsell said Monday. "It's been pretty tragic. We wish him the best."

It happened Saturday evening near Germantown Road and Southern, as the Germantown Festival was coming to a close. Roedel was hit by a train and lost his leg from just below the knees down.

"I know that the friends who were with him were very shaken up," said Robin Weaver, a classmate.

Igor Kobas, the valet at Elfo Grisanti's restaurant, leapt into action when he heard screaming.

"I went over there, everyone was gathering around," said Kobas. "Kid laying there, blood everywhere and his leg was missing.  I took my belt off and had to put it around his leg so he wouldn't lose blood, so he doesn't die out there."

"He was screaming at the top of his lungs and bleeding all over the place," Kobas continued.

Kobas said he held on tight to the belt until paramedics arrived.

"The train was still going by, his leg was still under the train," said Kobas. "Half of his leg because it was all split in two."

Kobas said making the tourniquet was instinctual.

"My heart was racing," he said.  "Everyone was standing around not doing much.  I just did what I could."

Witnesses said Roedel was playing "chicken" with the train, but family members said the teen was running alongside the tracks and fell.

"From what I understood, it was a dare," said Roedel's neighbor, Tommy Bronson. "You know, so it's just one of those things."

"(He was) jumping on the train, and he just lost his footing and cut his leg off from there," Weaver said.

Monday, Action News 5 reached Roedel's stepmother for comment, who said the teen was doing, and his family was hoping his injury would remain free of infection.

"It's just a terrible experience, a tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them," Bronson added.

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