Fence blocks path across train tracks - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fence blocks path across train tracks

Some good has come out of a train accident involving an eight-year-old boy.

As you first heard on Action News 5, Marcus Porterfield lost his feet after a train ran over him earlier this month.

His mother called for a fence to be put up near the busy Trigg West Park.

People used an opening in the brush there as an unofficial track crossing. Now, a fence has been erected to block the path.

"Sometimes it takes an unfortunate accident to bring about results, to bring about awareness in the community so that parents will be more responsible toward their children," said Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowry. "So that parents ensure that their children don't cross this way and so private industry will take the lead in erecting a fence."

Action News 5 has also learned that Marcus is now home from the hospital and his family is holding an Easter party for him today.

He's being fitted for prosthetics and doctors say he should walk again.

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