Wellton man hit by train, severing arm
A Wellton man was flown to a Phoenix hospital after his arm was severed by a train on the outskirts of Wellton Friday night. Although he suffered severe injuries, he is expected to survive, police said.
At about 11:16 p.m., Wellton Police Department officers were dispatched to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks between Avenues 29E and 30E in response to reports of an injured person on or near the railway, according to a press release.
Emergency personnel with the Wellton Fire Department and Tri-Valley Emergency Medical Services, as well as employees with the Union Pacific Railroad, also responded.
After an intensive search, 19-year-old Juan Isai Uriarte was found lying adjacent to the tracks near Avenue 30E. Uriarte's arm had been severed and he had suffered severe trauma to his upper chest and head. He was conscious when he was located.
Uriarte was stabilized and then airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix due to the severity of his injuries.
Police did not comment on possible reasons Uriarte was near the tracks when his arm was severed and did not know if he was intoxicated by drugs or alcohol at the time.
Police do not currently suspect the incident was an attempted homicide.
“At this point we have no information leading us to believe that there was foul play involved, however, we would like the public's help in determining why Uriarte was on or near the railroad tracks in the first place,” said WPD Lt. Cannon Ball.
WPD encourages anyone who had contact with Uriarte before the incident Friday morning, or has knowledge of his whereabouts before he made his way to the railway, to call Lt. Ball or Sgt. Rodriguez at 785-4887 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.