Amtrak train amputated legs of California man lying on tracks. Jury to decide who’s to blame
Joe Nevis of Marysville, California, lost both of his legs after being hit by an Amtrak train last year. - Autumn Payne/The Sacramento Bee/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — By the time Yuba City police found Joe Nevis on a sidewalk at 1:11 a.m. Dec. 24, 2016, they decided he was too drunk to take to jail, and instead had him taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital in nearby Marysville. Nevis spent 20 minutes at the hospital, where Dr. Hector Lopez noted that he was wet and smelled of alcohol, but determined that Nevis was medically stable, able to walk in a straight line and could be discharged, lawyers say. The construction worker then left the hospital at 2:02 a.m. and walked off without waiting for his discharge papers, and less than an hour la...