Natchitoches man struck by train while sleeping on railroad tracks

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A Natchitoches man was airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center with serious injuries after he was struck by a train while sleeping on the railroad tracks early this morning according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.

NPSO Patrol Division deputies, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, Louisiana State Police and Natchitoches City Fire Department responded June 3 at 1 am to reports of a pedestrian who was struck by a train on the railroad tracks near the Brickyard Road area off of Hwy. 6 East near Natchitoches.

Deputies and EMS responded to the scene finding a person laying near the railroad tracks with serious injuries.

Natchitoches City Fire Department responded to the scene with an emergency equipped All-Terrain Vehicle to transport the victim identified as 65-year-old Henry Allen Howard, of Natchitoches from the railroad tracks to an awaiting ambulance trauma unit.

Howard suffered both feet amputated.

Life Air was contacted to respond to NRMC for air transport.

Deputies say the preliminary investigation, revealed Howard was walking from the Payne Sub-Diviision area to his residence on Brickyard Road when he apparently sat down and fell asleep on the railroad tracks. A Union Pacific train traveling southbound struck Howard while asleep on the tracks.

Union Pacific reported the incident to the NPSO.

Howard was transported from the scene by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and airlifted by Life Air to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria for treatment of his injuries.

The investigation into the incident is continuing by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Union Pacific Railroad officials.

4 thoughts on “Natchitoches man struck by train while sleeping on railroad tracks

  1. if I was this man I would lawyer up and sue,the hell out of the train
    company..they have no right to be operating this train with a person
    sleeping on or near the tracks.I think you would win !!

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