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December 2nd, 2010
Kyle teenager struck by train, dies


KYLE — A Kyle teenager died Monday morning after being struck by a train on the tracks about one quarter of a mile south of downtown.

The Kyle Police Department (KPD) and the Kyle Fire Department (KFD) responded to the pedestrian vs. train fatality accident just after 9 a.m. Monday morning.

The victim, 16-year-old Ramon Eric Zapata, was walking northbound on the tracks when he was struck by the northbound train. Zapata was pronounced deceased at the scene by Hays County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith.

The train engineer reported sounding the train’s horn repeatedly and that Zapata initially stepped off the tracks, but then stepped back on and was struck.

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