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COMPTON, Calif. — A 22-year-old man’s legs were severed today when he was struck by a freight train tank car in Compton.

Firefighters responded to the tracks at East Myrrh Avenue and Alameda Street about 4 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Department.

It took firefighters about half an hour to get the freight train moved and free the man, who was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

A dispatcher for the Compton Fire Department said it was unclear how the man ended up under the train.