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April 4th, 2010
UP train hits unknown man on San Marcos track


Public safety and Union Pacific Railroad officials were on the scene early Saturday morning after a locomotive collided with a man who wouldn’t leave the railroad tracks. Photo by Sean Batura.

News Reporter

A Union Pacific (UP) train collided with an unknown person on the railroad tracks just north of the intersection of Uhland Road and Post Road in San Marcos at 2:30 a.m.  Saturday morning.

UP spokesperson Raquel Espinoza-Williams said the remains are of a male individual, though authorities have not determined his age. Espinoza-Williams said the person did not move from the railroad tracks even after the train’s crew sounded the horn multiple times.

“This is a difficult time for all of us, and our hearts go out to his friends and family,” Espinoza-Williams said.

The locomotive blocked three intersections for several hours while crews scoured the area with flashlights, looking for evidence. Two San Marcos police cruisers parked on the east side of Post Road near the collision site left the scene after investigator Eli Garcia arrived at about 4:30 a.m.

Espinoza-Williams said investigators were trying to determine the individual’s identity.

A group of men including the work crew and Garcia were seen at one point examining a small, clothed object. In the hours after the incident, police and UP officials declined to comment on what had happened. One work crew member, after unloading what appeared to be a small, wheeled stretcher from a truck, said in a spooked voice, “The train is broke and we’re just trying to fix it.”

No city officials were immediately available for comment.

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0 thoughts on “UP train hits unknown man on San Marcos track

  1. Christopher Noffsinger was a graduate of A N McCallum High School in Austin, Texas. As of April 7th nothing in reference to this accident has been printed in the Austin American-Statesman. Ex-students are all trying to contact each other but are posting their on concussions. Please print some thing in the local paper (Austin American-Statesman) for them to read. Thank you.

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