Army Captain William Keating, 27, lost his legs early this morning while trying to board a moving train in downtown Columbus around 1 a.m. Friday, according to a Columbus police report.
The incident occurred at 9th Street and Broadway.
The Norfolk Southern train was traveling west.
Witnesses told police that the Fort Benning soldier from Euless, Texas, attempted to climb a ladder on a boxcar as it passed by. Witnesses said the soldier lost his footing and fell on the roadway and then a chip hopper, a train car used to haul wood chips, struck him, severing both legs. Keating was rushed to the Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition this morning.
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He is a student with the Manuever Center Career Captain Course at Fort Benning.