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Being hit by train while fishing may have saved teen’s life, mother says

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EATON, Ind. (October 6, 2015) -- A teenage boy is recovering after being hit by a train and falling 60 feet into a river. On Sunday afternoon, 14-year-old Charlie Pease and his older brother 17-year-old Skyler Robertson were fishing near the train tracks in Eaton.

“We didn’t hear the train, we didn’t see any lights, we didn’t even feel it shaking on the track,” said Skyler.

Robertson was able to safely make it to a cement slab and knew time was running out for Charlie. He yelled for his brother to jump.

“He was getting ready to jump and he looked back and the train hit his left side and he flew off into the water,” said Robertson.

Robertson jumped into the river after his brother.

“I lifted his head a little bit and he took a giant gasp,” said Robertson.

Rescue crews arrived and helped both boys. Charlie was airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

“He was able to make it to the hospital and get treatment before anything got worse on him,” said Eaton Police Department Assistant Chief Kevin Roberts.

Once Amber Trammell, the boys’ mom, was able to comprehend what exactly happened, she was actually relieved the train ended up hitting Charlie. She believes jumping would have been more dangerous.

“I’m thinking if the train wouldn’t have hit him he wouldn’t have made it because the way of how he flew over the river was so shallow that he would’ve landed on rocks,” said Trammell.

Trammell knows her sons learned a lesson and that they are very lucky.

“It’s a miracle, an absolute miracle. God had a hand in this,” said Trammell.

Pease fractured his left leg, injured his spleen and broke several ribs. At last check, he was in critical condition.