UCO Football Player Loses Foot in Train Accident
A University of Central Oklahoma football player’s foot was severed by a train early Sunday morning after he tried crossing train tracks in downtown Oklahoma City.
Derek Loccident, a defensive back in his sophomore season, was at the Dollhouse on Saturday night celebrating a friend’s birthday.
Alysha Webber, a UCO student who was with Loccident at the Dollhouse, said that as the night neared its end, everyone started to find a way home.
“He just got left [at the Dollhouse], everyone Ubered by themselves,” Webber said. “He doesn’t have a cell phone so he just started walking home.”
On his way home, Loccident was walking near railroad tracks Southwest 4th Street and E.K. Gaylord Boulevard just before 3 a.m. on Sunday. Loccident crawled underneath the stopped train, but then train started to move.
OKC police said Loccident made it a few hundred yards away from the tracks before he found someone who helped him. Loccident was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is being treated for his injury.
Loccident’s foot was brought to the hospital shortly after, but OKC police were unclear on who found it.
Webber said that Loccident was preparing to have his leg amputated just below the knee on Monday.
UCO released a statement regarding Loccident’s accident.
“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,” the university said in a statement.
Loccident has appeared in nine career games, making two starts this season. He posted a career-high nine tackles in the Bronchos loss to University of Nebraska-Kearny last Thursday and leads the team in tackles with 15.
“The only thing that matters right now is that Derek knows he has our full support,” head coach Nick Bobeck said. “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.”
Just a few hours after Loccident’s accident, there was another incident involving a train. A truck was hit by a train near Southeast 29th Street and South Shields Boulevard. OKC police said there were no serious injuries.