Man loses leg in train accident

UPDATE • Police say man was holding severed limb when they arrived

A 23-year-old man lost part of his left leg when he was struck by a train Monday night near Portland's eastside industrial area.

Police said James Piles was recovering in a local hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The accident happened at about 11:25 p.m., when officers from the Central Precinct were called to train tracks near Southeast Water Avenue and Stark Street where the man had been struck. The accident severed the lower part of the man's left leg.

Police said when they arrived Piles was holding his severed leg. Piles told police he had been smoking marijuana earlier in the evening and did not hear the train approaching.

The train that struck the man continued south on the tracks. Police officers called Union Pacific officials to get the train stopped.

Officers from the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division and Union Pacific police will investigate the incident.