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Oxnard Man May Lose Foot After Jumping From Train

A 28-year-old man attempting to jump off a cargo train near the Oxnard Transportation Center at about 8 p.m. Thursday was injured when his left foot apparently got caught in a wheel of the train, authorities said.

Paramedics who treated the man, identified as Jose Garcia of Oxnard, said he faces the possibility of losing the foot, said Oxnard Fire Capt. Brad Windsor. Garcia was taken to Ventura County Medical Center and was listed in fair condition, he said.

Windsor said a security guard found the man “screaming in pain” on the transit center lawn. “He was speaking Spanish so we really couldn’t get a good description of the accident from the victim,” he said.

A trail of blood indicated that the man had walked 20 to 30 feet before he came to a fence and collapsed, authorities said.

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Fire officials said they believe Garcia was illegally riding the train, which was carrying automobiles.

The security guard, John Devereau, was among the first to find the man. He said he was summoned by someone walking by the tracks. “He was obviously in pain, he was just lying there,” he said.

Devereau said Garcia was with a slightly older man, who Devereau thought might have also been riding the train and jumped off with Garcia.


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