A northbound freight train fatally hit Samuel Goodine, 36, of Hammond at the East Charles Street railroad crossing Wednesday, Police Chief Ed Bergeron said.

It was the first such death in 2021 on the Downtown Hammond railroad tracks that have a long history of tragedies. Bergeron said another person died last month while trying to place a coin on the tracks as a train approached.

Police said the death Wednesday occurred around 3:30 p.m. near La Carreta Mexican restaurant. It was not immediately clear if Goodine was coming from Cate Street or Northwest Railroad Avenue. 

Police investigators are awaiting video from the camera at the front of the train to yield information as to why Goodine was on the tracks.

Hammond police and officials with the 7th Ward Marshal’s Office and the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office responded within minutes. Eyewitnesses told the Daily Star that up to five or six law enforcement units arrived promptly on the scene.

The train was slowly moved from the area as police closed off streets to begin the investigation. Meanwhile, witnesses explained what they saw to authorities.

Chief Edwin Bergeron and newly appointed Assistant Chief Angelo Monistere were on the scene to aid the investigation.

Theft

Hammond police are investigating a theft at Rende’s Quick Stop on University Boulevard around 2:30 p.m. Jan. 5.

A man wearing a light-blue Nike coat allegedly stole several bottles of tequila. Store owners told police the man was in the business wearing the same clothes the day prior.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jason Anderson at 985-277-5756 or email to Anderson_JR@hammond.org.

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