16-year-old Jayson Ahrens was in a hurry to get back to the Panama Youth Services building.
“He was trying to make curfew, and he tried to beat the train, running across the track,” John Harrell said. Harrell works with the Florida Department of Children & Families, the group responsible for watching over such facilities.
Ahrens leg was caught under the train and was severed above the ankle.
"He made a bad choice in trying to do the right thing,” facility director Willie Green told the Florida Times-Union.
The center serves mostly young men in foster care and is not a detention facility. However, it does have a curfew.
Harrell confirmed there will be further investigation into the incident. “We definitely want to find out exactly what happened,” John Harrell told the newspaper.
WJXT says Green had talked to Ahrens and reports, "he’s doing fine. He’s talking.”
Green finished by saying Jayson “is just a little upset that he made a bad choice."