A man’s leg had to be amputated Tuesday after he was hit by a train near downtown Colorado Springs.

The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition after the accident, which happened about 2:15 p.m. on the train tracks over South Tejon Street between East Fountain Boulevard and East Mill Street, said Jesse Ortiz, a Colorado Springs Fire Department battalion chief. The train’s conductors saw the man shortly before he was hit, but were unable to stop the train, Ortiz said.

“Being around railroad tracks is very dangerous,” Ortiz said. “We advise all pedestrians and people operating vehicles to adhere to the local laws, to be very careful, to be very cautious — and we never want anybody crossing in or around the railroad tracks illegally.”

There is no legal crossing near where the crash happened, Oritz said.

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