On Saturday night, police in Slidell, Louisiana, were alerted to an accident in which a train hit a person who had been on the tracks.
The train engineer told police that the man appeared to have been sleeping on the tracks when the train hit him at around 9:30 p.m., according to WWL-TV.
Officers searched in the dark, and one of them was able to locate the injured man within minutes. The man’s severed leg was still next to him on the tracks, and he would’ve bled out within a few more minutes if the officer hadn’t immediately applied a tourniquet.
The Slidell Police Department posted about the incident the following day.
“A 66-year-old man, who is possibly suffering from dementia, was struck by an Amtrak train last night in Slidell,” the post began.
“Around 9:30pm (Saturday, November 20th), Slidell Police were contacted by an Amtrak train engineer who stated his southbound train struck a person, who appeared to have been sleeping on the tracks.
“Slidell Police searched the area of Highway 11 and Indiana Avenue, and located the man suffering from [an] amputated leg. Officer