UCO Football Player Recovers After Losing Foot In Train Accident
OKLAHOMA CITY - A UCO football player is recovering after losing his foot this weekend.
Officials say a train took off defensive back Derek Loccident's left foot early Sunday morning.
“He's the nicest guy that you can know and he'd help anybody there is,” Loccident’s friend Jason Wallis said.
Wallis says he watched Loccident play defensive back for Westmoore.
“He was all head in on that. When it came to football that's all he focused on. Nothing else,” Wallis said.
Loccident took that talent to the UCO Bronchos as a defensive back, but now, his friends are worried they won't see him play again.
“Sometimes the worst things can happen to the best people,” Loccident said.
Oklahoma City Police say Loccident was trying to go under a stopped train near Southwest 4th Street and Gaylord in OKC.
“Unfortunately, before he made it completely across the train started moving and actually cut off his left foot,” Officer Megan Morgan said.
After losing his foot, Loccident went searching for help.
“He found a citizen nearby who called for help for him. He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. Later on, the foot was actually located and also transported to the hospital,” Morgan said.
As Loccident recovers, love and well wishes are pouring in.
"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 to. This isn't about him being a football player right now, it's about him being a young man that we are here for,” UCO Head Coach Nick Bobeck said.
Moore Public Schools expressed a similar sentiment.
“The Moore Public Schools community was saddened to hear of the horrific accident involving Derek Loccident. We will continue to pray for him and his family and support them through this difficult time,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Romines said.