Paul Loyd, a transient known to frequent the Hood River area, was hit by a train Friday afternoon, spinning him around and breaking his arm. When discovered later, he was transported to a local hospital where he received a cast for his arm. Then, an Oregon State Trooper gave him a ticket.
Police records show that Loyd has been in and out of jail in the Hood River area for quite some time and that his minor crimes typically are harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. After being released again from a local jail, authorities say Loyd started walking along the railroad tracks between Hood River and Mosier. The engineer aboard an oncoming train saw Loyd standing on the tracks just ahead of him. The engineer blasted his horn at him but all Loyd did was face the train and lift his shirt revealing the word “Railroad” tatooed on his chest. The engineer blasted his horn again, prompting Loyd to slowly make his way off the tracks. But he wasn’t fast enough and the engine’s boarding ladder caught him on the shoulder, spun him around and broke his arm.
The engineer quickly reported the incident and for the next 90 minutes local law enforcement and fire rescue personnel tried to find Loyd. They couldn’t. A little later a citizen reported seeing a man staggering near the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Hood River. It was Loyd.
Loyd was transported to a Hood River area hospital for treatment. As Loyd was getting ready to leave the hospital an OSP trooper cited him for First Degree Criminal Trespass and Second Degree Disorderly Conduct for being on the tracks and for being drunk to boot. The trooper said alcohol played a substantial role in the incident.