NORMAN, Okla. – A 16-year-old boy named Harrison Braddy remains at OU Medical Center after being hit by a train Monday afternoon in Norman.
The teen has been through one surgery so far, but is still dealing with cuts, bruises, broken bones and now possible kidney failure.
Harrison’s parents said headphones and loud music are to blame for the accident.
Harrison’s father, Sean Braddy said, “He had the headphones in, I guess he didn’t hear the train.”
Sean Braddy said Harrison was walking home Monday from Norman North High school, on the same path he takes every day, along the railroad tracks.
This time was different, a train was headed his direction.
Sean said, “He just got hit.”
Harrison’s family is encouraging the public to take off their headphones and be aware of their surroundings.
Harrison’s mother, Kim Braddy said, “You’re looking at what’s the next message or what music do I want to change it to. There are so many distractions and those could equal you not being here.”
The Braddys said they have fussed at their son multiple times about his headphones, but never thought something this extreme would happen to their child.
Sean Braddy said, “This is one of those times I wish I would’ve been there to yank those earphones out of his ears, but even as stubborn and hard headed as they can be, it’s not a way to learn a lesson, getting hit by a train.”
The family hopes other parents can learn from this eye opener and educate kids about being aware of their surrounds.
Sean Braddy said, “You need all five of your senses when you’re out in the public. You need your hearing, your sight, all of that.”
The Norman Police Department confirmed they’re working with BNSF Railroad Company to investigate this incident.
Norman Police also stated that it’s illegal for people to walk along or cross railroad tracks, it’s considered trespassing.
Friends and family have set up an account for the Braddy family to help with medical expenses.
To donate, visit the family’s Go Fund Me Page – Braddy Family Expense Fund.