NORMAN — A Norman North High School student remained hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by a train Monday near the Acres Street crossing.
Harrison Braddy, 16, underwent his first surgery Tuesday for his femur and tibia in his left leg, said his father, Sean Braddy. Doctors are also keeping a close eye on the his kidneys.
“His left kidney is damaged and they can’t repair that,” Braddy said. “They’re waiting to see how the other one fares out — if he’ll have partial use or if it’ll have enough circulation.”
Braddy said his son remained in the Intensive Care Unit at the OU Medical Center and will probably be hospitalized for three weeks. He will likely have to undergo three months of physical therapy as well.
“They have to fix his pelvis, too. He won’t be able to put any weight on that for three months,” he said.
Norman police responded to an incident involving a train and pedestrian Monday around 3:48 p.m. Responding officers located Braddy north of the intersection.
Braddy said his son was walking home from school, southbound along the tracks, like he does every day, and didn’t hear the train coming.
“He had his headphones in. I think kids should know, even if the train is blaring – he still didn’t hear it with his headphones in,” Braddy said. “They (BNSF) said they blew the horn.”
With a lot of kids out of school this summer, Braddy wanted to caution everyone about having headphones on around the train tracks.
According to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, a freight train was traveling southbound and despite their efforts to avoid an accident, the teen failed to clear the tracks and was struck by the train.
Braddy was transported from the scene by EMSStat for treatment of his injuries.