Slidell Police report that a 66-year-old man, who is possibly suffering from dementia, was struck by an Amtrak train Saturday (November 20, 2021) night in Slidell. Slidell Police were contacted around 9:30 PM 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 a amputated leg. Officers quickly applied a tourniquet, which presumably saved the man’s life.
The victim was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans, where he is currently listed in critical condition. An emergency room doctor informed officers that had it not been for their quick response and application of the tourniquet, the man would not have survived.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “I am very proud of our officers for their quick response and performing lifesaving measures on this gentleman. Our officers are educated on a lot more than just law enforcement techniques, during their annual continuing education training. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim and for his road to recovery.”
No reports of injuries were reported from the passengers on the train.