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Incredible tale of New Jersey woman, 30, who saved her own life after leg was severed in freak train accident – as she reveals other passengers just walked past her as she screamed

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  • Lisa Fitzgerald lost her leg after slipping onto train tracks early last month 
  • Her leg was immediately cut off as she was hit by the last few cars of a train 
  • She had been running for the train when she slipped and fell through a gap  

A New Jersey woman saved her own life after her leg was severed in a train accident – while other passengers ignored her screams for help. 

Lisa Fitzgerald, 30, was left clinging on to a platform wall for her life after she was struck by a New Jersey Transit train at Morristown train station on May 5. 

Fitzgerald had been running to catch the train to New York City when she tripped and fell through the gap onto the tracks as a the train pulled into the station. 

Her leg was ‘immediately’ cut off as she was hit by the last few cars of the train, while people at the station ignored her screams for help. 

Speaking on Fox News, Fitzgerald recalled: ‘It was kind of a crazy time. I was running to catch the train and I tripped and slipped through the gap.’

Fitzgerald had been running to catch the train to New York City when she tripped and fell through the gap onto the tracks as a the train pulled into the station

Fitzgerald had been running to catch the train to New York City when she tripped and fell through the gap onto the tracks as a the train pulled into the station

Speaking on Fox News this morning, she said that her leg was 'immediately' cut off after she fell

Speaking on Fox News this morning, she said that her leg was ‘immediately’ cut off after she fell

She continued: ‘My leg was cut off immediately, I was spun around from that and I landed on my stomach facing backwards. 

‘I saw the next set of wheels of the train rolling at me, so I rolled out of the way and hugged myself against the platform wall. 

‘I did a little check, I saw that my leg was gone. I thought that maybe my foot was broken, I had to kick my shoe off.

‘Besides that it really was just bumps and bruises, I started yelling for help for the people waiting for the train. 

‘After a few minutes nobody came to help, I figured I have to find someway off of these tracks.’

Using all her strength, Fitzgerald managed to pull herself up onto the edge of the platform and throw herself to safety. 

She continued ‘I kept screaming for help and a ticket collector came over and I got his attention. 

‘He went out, I kept screaming, he found a police officer that came to help that called for back up and I went to hospital from there.’

Fitzgerald had been running to catch the train to New York City when she tripped and fell through the gap onto the tracks as a the train pulled into the station

Fitzgerald had been running to catch the train to New York City when she tripped and fell through the gap onto the tracks as a the train pulled into the station

Fitzgerald tried to tourniquet her own leg with her t-shirt before officers moved in to assist her

Fitzgerald tried to tourniquet her own leg with her t-shirt before officers moved in to assist her 

Fitzgerald has been dubbed the 'Miracle of Morristown' for surviving the accident which happened just two weeks before her 30th birthday

Fitzgerald has been dubbed the ‘Miracle of Morristown’ for surviving the accident which happened just two weeks before her 30th birthday

Fitzgerald tried to tourniquet her own leg with her t-shirt before officers moved in to assist her. 

She was rushed to hospital and treated, but her leg could not be reattached. A GoFundMe set up by her sister has since raised over $103,000.

She added: ‘Nobody called 911 I found out the next day. I have a home nurse and home physical therapy I am doing. I’m not completely on my own yet.’

‘I’ve been doing pretty well, the whole time I have been smiling trying to work through everything.’

Fitzgerald, who is one of eight siblings, has been dubbed the ‘Miracle of Morristown’ for surviving the accident which happened just two weeks before her 30th birthday.

Her stepmom Stacie Weil-Fitzgerald told Fox: ‘We decorated the hospital and we had a big celebration for her.

‘And she is in such good spirits. With her GoFundMe, people have just been so supportive and so amazing. That really makes us feel good.

‘She’s unbelievable. She has not stopped smiling.’



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