Police say a mom and her 1-year-old son had limbs severed after she tried to crawl under a train with the child.

The incident occurred around 3 p.m. Thursday on train tracks behind the Exxon gas station in the 4500 block of Old Dixie Highway in Clayton County.

A spokesperson with the Clayton County Police Department says the woman, identified as 28-year-old Kate Brown, was walking home with her three children when she decided to crawl under the train, which police say was initially not moving.

Two of her children were able to successfully crawl under the train, according to authorities, but they say as she followed with her 1-year-old in hand, the train started to move with them underneath it.

Brown's leg and her son's arm were severed by a rail wheel, according to authorities.

Police say their limbs could not be salvaged.

On Friday, Brown's family said while it's dangerous to cross the tracks, it's the only way.

"Having to struggle with no vehicle, she did what she had to do," says the woman's husband, Lance Brown.

She's not the only one who has crossed the tracks to get to the other side. One pedestrian said this tragedy shouldn't have happened, but it did because people have no other way to get to the bus stop on the other side.

But police patrolling the area say it's against the law to be on those tracks, whether the bus stops are on the other side or not. For pedestrians like Robert, who rely on transportation waiting on the other side, the answer now is simple.

"Just move the bus route," says Robert.

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