A train conductor found a human hand today at a CP Rail yard in Windsor, Ont.
Todd Morneau was working at the yard on Caron Avenue when he noticed the body part lying beside the tracks.
He's been working at the yard for 28 years, but said he's never seen anything like it before.
"That's the first time I've found anything," said Morneau. "We see animals, because there are coyotes in the yard, but that's the first time I've ever seen a human body part."
Moreau said when he found the hand, he didn't know what exactly it was at first.
"I was looking down and thought it was a piece of wood at first," he said. "Then, I thought it was a goose's foot, and then I saw the fingernails."
The rail yard came to a standstill yesterday afternoon while police combed the area.
'I was looking down and thought it was a piece of wood at first.'- Todd Marneau, train conductor
Windsor Police said they did not find any other body parts in the area.
"The discovery is considered to be a secondary scene," Windsor police said in a release.
"The tracks are linked to rail systems throughout Canada and the United States and as far away as Guatemala."
As a result, police say there is a "strong possibility" the hand fell from the undercarriage of a train that was involved in a collision with a person at another location.
Windsor police forensic specialists will be consulting with the Centre of Forensic Sciences and the coroner's office Wednesday to see if DNA profiling can be done on the hand.
Due to the state of the hand, obtaining fingerprints is not possible.