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Wofford golfer loses leg in train crash

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Lights flash at a rail road crossing in South Carolina. (File/FOX Carolina) Lights flash at a rail road crossing in South Carolina. (File/FOX Carolina)

A golfer at Wofford College lost one leg and severely injured the other after he was hit by a train early Saturday morning.

Spartanburg police were called to the railroad crossing at Magnolia Street and Daniel Morgan Avenue about 4:30 a.m. after a Norfolk Southern train conductor said he saw someone near the tracks wearing a bloody shirt.

Officers stopped trains and searched near the tracks until they found 20-year-old Christopher Joye Jr., of Irmo, lying about 10 feet from the tracks behind a signal control box, the police report said.

Police said Joye's right leg had been severed above the knee, which they found about 300 yards away. They said his shoes, wallet and phone were about 100 yards away.

Joye was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, but there was no immediate word on his condition.

Wofford golf coach Vic Lipscomb said the team will miss Joye this year.

"He is a tough young man who has a long recovery ahead," Lipscomb said in a statement. "Please keep him in your prayers."

Police said Joye could have been walking from downtown when he was hit by the train because he was wearing a wristband that belonged to a restaurant there.

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