Derek Loccident, a member of the Central Oklahoma football team, lost his foot after he was run over by a train over the weekend. According to the Oklahoma City Police, the 20-year-old defensive back attempted to crawl under a stopped train in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday when it began moving and his football was severed.
Loccident was transported to the hospital after he was able to move “several hundred yards” and flag down help. He is expected to survive his injuries.
“The University of Central Oklahoma Athletics Department wishes to extend its full support to the Loccident family following an accident involving Derek Loccident Sunday morning. Derek is a sophomore on the UCO football Team,” head football coach Nick Bobeck said in a statement released by the university
“The only thing that matters right now is that Derek knows he has our full support. We are here for him. It’s important for his family to know that too. This isn’t about him being a football player right now, it’s about him being a young man that we are here for.”
The railway company is set to launch an investigation into the incident.
Further details from Oklahoma’s News 4 read:
The Oklahoma City Police Department originally said on Sunday that Loccident had been walking along the tracks sometime before 3 a.m., when the mechanical railroad switch activated, pinning his foot in the mechanism. However, Oklahoma City police announced Monday morning that Loccident had actually been crawling under a stopped train when the train started moving and amputated his left foot.
Loccident was a sophomore member of the football team and had recorded 15 tackles through the first two games of the season. Central Oklahoma, a Division II program, competes in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Our thoughts are with Loccident during his recovery from the gruesome injury.