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A-train strikes cyclist

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By Bj Lewis / Staff Writer

A bicyclist was injured Thursday morning when he was struck by the Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-train in south Denton.

The man was taken to a local hospital, and his condition was not available late Thursday.

It is the second incident involving a train and a resident this week. Late Monday, a Denton man who was on the railroad tracks near Dallas Drive was struck and killed by a Union Pacific Railroad train.

Both incidents are under investigation, officials said.

The incident involving the A-train brought warnings from the transportation authority for pedestrians and cyclists to be wary when they are near the tracks.

“We want people to be mindful of the importance of being safe around the train tracks,” said Kristina Brevard, vice president of marketing and communications with the agency. “Trespassing is against the law and the reason why is because it’s not safe. We want our community members to be safe and stay away from the tracks.”

Brevard said the agency is doing all it can to educate the public on rail safety and to ensure that the system operates with the most up-to-date engineering standards.

“We recognize in life we all have a lot going on, a lot of distractions,” she said. “Being distracted around train tracks is not safe, either. Whether a motorist or pedestrian, exercise caution.”

The man was struck about 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Lakeview Boulevard. The train had just finished its scheduled morning run and no passengers were on board, according to a news release from DCTA.

The agency and its operations contractor, Herzog Transit Services Inc., are conducting an incident investigation. Early indications are that all signals functioned properly and the engineer followed proper procedures, officials said.

Union Pacific is taking the lead on the investigation into the Monday accident.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.