BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating a train accident that left an LSU student seriously injured.
Police responded to a call about an accident involving a pedestrian and a train around 2 a.m. Friday at Nicholson Drive and Petit Boulevard.
According to police, a preliminary investigation revealed that a 19-year-old man was walking south away from Tigerland on the train tracks when he was struck by a train traveling north toward downtown Baton Rouge.
Witnesses said that the man ignored all audible warnings made by the train.
A group of LSU freshmen, including Kaycee Holt, were walking on a path near Nicholson Drive when the accident occurred. They called 911.
"I looked over and I saw his silhouette through the lights and he kind of just like fell over," Holt said. "I was just so like terrified in the moment, worried about this other person's life. I didn't care about me at the moment. All I cared about was is he alive? Is he okay? He needs someone to help him immediately."
Because the 19-year-old fell on the opposite side of the railroad tracks, they were unable to help him. They did wait until police arrived.
"We were hearing moaning from the train tracks," said Natalie Comardelle, an LSU freshman and friend of Holt.
The victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Holt said she is thankful they were in the right place at the right time.
Meanwhile, Comardelle said she believes there is a lesson in all of this, especially for college students.
"It should really send a message to people: at least walk in groups when you do have to walk home from bars, because if not, things like this can happen. Maybe next time no one will be around to even see it," Comardelle said.
The accident remains under investigation.