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Ava Harlow loses part of her leg after being hit by a train

A 20-year-old college student fractured her skull and had part of her leg amputated below the knee after losing her footing and becoming trapped under a moving train in Boston.

Ava Harlow, from Amesbury, has been undergoing treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since the night of the crash more than a week ago, relatives wrote on a GoFundme page.

According to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) police officials, at around 11:30 p.m. on January 27, Harlow got off a Green Line train at BU Central Station in Boston with a group of friends, but then she realized that a few other companions remained on the train, the Boston Globe reported.

Harlow knocked on the window to signal his buddies to get off the train and took a step in the direction the train was moving.

Ava Harlow, 20, is recovering after losing part of her leg, suffering a crushed skull and pelvis, a broken arm and facial injuries after being trapped under a train.
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Firefighters are seen working to extricate Ava Harlow.
Harlow was dragged by a Green Line train departing Boston’s BU Central Station on January 27 after losing her footing on the platform.
Boston Fire Department

At this point, Harlow somehow slipped and fell under the train, which dragged her.

Specially trained firefighters were called to rescue the Bridgewater State University student. EMS, Boston Police and MBTA Police also responded to the scene.

Harlow’s father, Andrew Harlow, recalled receiving “the dreaded 3am phone call that no parent wants to receive” informing him that his daughter had been hit by a train.

The father tearfully told CBS Bostont that his daughter had to be resuscitated twice before being taken to intensive care and intubated.

BU Central Green Line Trolley stop on January 30, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Police say Harlow slipped and fell while banging on a train window to get the attention of his friends.
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Andrew Harlow, Ava's father.
Andrew Harlow, Ava’s father, recalled receiving a phone call at 3am saying his daughter had been hit by a train.

Ava lost part of a leg and broke the other. She also suffered a fractured skull, a crushed pelvis, a broken arm and cuts to her face that required stitches, according to her father.

But despite the long list of injuries, Andrew Harlow said Ava was filled with gratitude to the firefighters and paramedics who helped save her life.

“The first thing she mentioned after being extubated was the guys,” he said, adding that he wanted to thank the first responders who tied his daughter’s tourniquet and resuscitated her.

Ava had to be resuscitated twice and then intubated in a hospital intensive care unit.
Ava had to be resuscitated twice and then intubated in a hospital intensive care unit.

Separately, Andrew told the Boston Herald that he blamed the MBTA for the crash and had retained an attorney.

“He might have [seen] that she was banging on the fucking side of the car and not walking away,” the relative said, apparently referring to the train operator. “They have mirrors. They have horns. They are supposed to honk before taking off.

The MBTA said the crash “does not appear to be the result of any mechanical failure or any MBTA employee”, the Daily News of Newburyport reported.

Meanwhile, a group of family friends calling themselves Ava’s “aunts” have started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay her medical bills and living expenses.

Ava Harlow and Andrew Harlow

Dad Andrew, right, said his daughter was grateful to the first responders who saved her life.

Ava Harlow with her parents.

Ava, pictured with her parents, graduated from Amesbury High School, where she was a basketball and field hockey star.


Ava Harlow with her black cat

The 20-year-old is a junior student studying criminal justice.

Ava Harlow with friends

Friends fundraise to help Ava cover her medical and living expenses.


“She is hardworking, smart, funny and has a big heart,” organizers wrote in the description of the online fundraiser, which has so far attracted more than $41,000 in donations.

A second GoFundMe page started by Ava’s high school friends raised more than $42,000 on Tuesday.

“Her parents, Jamie and Andrew, have to watch their only daughter go through this and we want to help make this horrible situation a little better in any way we can,” Ava’s childhood pals wrote.

Harlow graduated in 2021 from Amesbury High School, where she was an outstanding basketball and field hockey player. She is currently enrolled as a junior at Bridgewater State University, where she is studying criminal justice.

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