A Natchitoches man was airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center with serious injuries after being struck by a train while sleeping on the railroad tracks. On Sunday, June 3 at approximately 1 a.m, NPSO deputies, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, Louisiana State Police and Natchitoches City Fire Department with an emergency equipped All-Terrain Vehicle responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a train on the railroad tracks near the Brickyard Road area off of La. Hwy 6 East near Natchitoches.
Deputies and EMS found a person laying near the railroad tracks with serious injuries. NFD transported the victim, Henry Allen Howard, 65, of Natchitoches from the railroad tracks utilizing the ATV to an awaiting ambulance trauma unit. Howard suffered the amputation of both feet. Life Air was contacted to respond to NRMC for air transport.
Deputies say the preliminary investigation revealed Howard was walking from the Payne Subdivision 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 as he slept 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.