Train hits, kills Slidell teen walking to school
SLIDELL - Slidell Police are concluding their investigation into a train incident that took the life of a teenager from Slidell on Wednesday morning, calling the event a “tragic accident.”
16-year-old James Pulsifer, of Slidell, was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.
Slidell Police said they were notified of the fatal train incident just after 7 a.m. when they were contacted by the train conductor of the locomotive that had struck a pedestrian between the North Boulevard and Lafayette Street crossings.
The conductor said the victim was walking along the center of the railroad tracks with headphones over his ears. The conductor tried to stop the train, and said he did everything possible to try to alert the teen to the oncoming train, but it became apparent the teen didn’t hear the train’s horn.
“This is a tragic accident which resulted in the loss of a young life,” said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. “It’s never easy to lose a loved one, but when it’s someone so young, it makes it that much harder. Our prayers are extended to the family and friends of the victim.”
The Slidell Police Department Fatality Team and railroad officials were on the scene in the wake of the accident investigating the wreck.