Police: Man hit by train in North Charleston, loses part of hand

Railroad Tracks (File, SBG)

North Charleston Police say a man had part of his hand cut off when he was hit by a train late Thursday night.

Police say the incident happened along Railroad Avenue near Marson Street around 10:30 p.m. April 12.

According to a police incident report, officers found a blood trail and a person's hat under the train, but couldn't find a victim.

Later, officers report speaking to the train's conductor, who had discovered part of a human hand resting on the rail.

Officers say they began following the blood trail again toward the back of the train, and it led them into the marsh underneath Interstate 526.

Officers applied a tourniquet to the victim's hand, and escorted him out of the marsh to be transported to MUSC via EMS.

Police reported detecting a strong odor of alcohol on the man's breath. At last check, police say the man was listed in stable condition at MUSC.