In college football, there are scary injuries that can end a season. University of Central Oklahoma sophomore defensive back Derek Loccident just suffered one that will undoubtedly change his life forever.
According to Oklahoma City Police and several reports, Loccident lost his left foot early Sunday morning in Oklahoma City when he crossing the train tracks. He tried to crawl under a stopped train and the train started moving, per the report. The accident happened at 2:30 a.m. at the railroad tracks at SW 4th and E.K. Gaylord Boulevard, per the report.
Police say the train severed Loccident’s foot. The 20-year-old Central Oklahoma football player managed to crawl several hundred yards and was able to flag down a nearby person, who took him to OU Medical Center, according to police. He is expected to survive the train accident.
The University of Central Oklahoma athletics department, including head football coach Nick Bobeck, released a statement to extend its full support to Loccident and his family:
“The only thing that matters right now is that Derek knows he has our full support. 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.” — Nick Bobeck
The UCO athletic department also announced UCO’s Center for Counseling and Well-Being in the Nigh University Center is open during normal business hours this week and encouraged students to reach out if they needed.
A native of Oklahoma City and former standout at Westmoore High School, the 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back recorded a team-leading 15 tackles in the first two games of the season for the Bronchos, a Division II school which competes in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.