Man struck, killed by train in Denton

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A man was killed instantly late Monday when he was struck by a train near Dallas Drive and Johnson Street in Denton.

The man, who had not been identified Tuesday, was on the railroad tracks near Dallas Drive when he was struck by a Union Pacific Railroad train, according to Officer Orlando Hinojosa, spokesman for the Denton Police Department.

The man, believed to be Hispanic and in his late 20s to mid-30s, did not have identification with him, officials said.

The man’s body was found nearly 50 yards south of Dallas Drive, officials said.

Union Pacific investigators were called to the scene and will be heading up the investigation, police said.

Elizabeth Hutchison, spokeswoman for Union Pacific, said the “work train” struck the man at 10:12 p.m. as it was traveling southbound from Denison with two employees on board.

The 30-car train was on its way to Louisiana, hauling steel beams to make railroad tracks, she said.

“This is a tragedy, and we are offering peer-to-peer counseling for our train crew,” Hutchison said via email.

“Union Pacific urges everyone to use extreme caution around railroad tracks, including not trespassing on railroad property.”

According to Federal Railroad Administration officials, Union Pacific has 30 days to report the accident for the agency’s records.

From 2002 to present, 11 train-related deaths of non-railroad employees have been reported in Denton County to the Federal Railroad Administration.

“Very few cases are actually investigated by us,” said Warren Flatau, spokesman for the federal agency. “It would have to be a very unique circumstance, such as a warning signal not working.”

Denton police and Union Pacific Railroad said the investigation is ongoing.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.


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