A Phoenixville boy walking along train tracks Tuesday was struck by a ladder mounted on a passing freight train.
The 13-year-old boy was awake and talking when Phoenixville Police and Phoenixville Fire Company members responded Tuesday evening, but a portion of his skull was visible, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The boy was airlifted from Friendship Field to CHOP, the Inquirer said. His condition was unknown Wednesday.
The boy and his friends had been swimming in the Schuylkill River and were walking home along the tracks, police told the Inquirer, when the boy was hit by a ladder on a passing Norfolk Southern Railroad boxcar.