May 29, 2013

UPDATE: Logan teen dragged by train

Brenden Gibbs suffers partial foot amputation.

by Caitlin Huston and Sarah Einselen

LOGANSPORT — An 18-year-old Logansport teen had his foot partially amputated Wednesday after being dragged by a train.

Police were called to the tracks at 18th Street near Transco at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after a teen got his foot stuck between two train cars and was dragged 528 feet, according to Logansport police officer Rick Bernhardt. The teen, identified as Brenden Gibbs of Logansport, was transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital.

Bernhardt said the Norfolk-Southern train was stopped on the tracks when Gibbs threw his bicycle between the cars and attempted to cross between the cars. While Gibbs was standing on the coupling, or connector between the train, Bernhardt said the train started to move and Gibbs got his foot stuck in between.

“By that time the train started backing up,” Bernhardt said.

The train stopped after 528 feet, when a witness flagged down the train engineer and got him to stop the train, he said.

Bernhardt said Gibbs was coherent and pulled himself away from the train.

However, he said it’s likely that the foot will have to be amputated.

“He’s probably going to lose his foot,” Bernhardt said.

The train cars were separated after the accident to allow traffic across the tracks.

Bernhardt said he expected the train would move from the tracks later Wednesday evening.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Rural Metro and Logansport Fire Department were also on scene.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or