COVER: A man was struck and killed by a freight train Friday afternoon near the at-grade crossing on the Wonder World Drive frontage roads. PHOTO by MADELYNNE SCALES/THE UNIVERSITY STAR
1:30 p.m. MONDAY, APRIL 30: The San Marcos Police Department has identified the man who was struck and killed on the railroad tracks near Wonder World Drive in San Marcos Friday afternoon.
3:07 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 18: A man killed yesterday afternoon in San Marcos by a Union Pacific locomotive was lying on the tracks and did not initially stir when crew activated warning horns and whistles, a railroad official said today.
The man was “initially completely unresponsive [but] at the last minute there looks like there may have been some movement,” railroad spokesman Jeff DeGraff said. DeGraff declined to speculate about why the man was on the tracks.
Railroad police will review video footage as part of their investigation and file an incident report with the Federal Railroad Administration, DeGraff said. Union Pacific police have jurisdiction under U.S. law because the death occurred on railroad property, he said.
Authorities on Saturday afternoon declined to name the victim because his family has not yet been notified, said San Marcos police Sgt. Christopher Tureaud, who described the dead man as a San Marcos resident about 50 years old.
The man was struck and killed at about 3:30 p.m. Friday north of the Wonder World Drive overpass by a train pulling about 75 automobile transport cars from Laredo to Chicago, DeGraff said. The stopped train forced the closure of access roads alongside Wonder World Drive but did not affect traffic on the overpass.
It was the second train-related incident in less than two weeks that resulted in serious injury or death. On April 8, a teenager was struck and severely injured by a Kansas City-Southern freight train on Union Pacific-owned tracks near Charles Austin Drive. In that case, DeGraff said the victim was wearing headphones and likely did not hear warning horns.
3:53 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 17: A man on the railroad tracks near Wonder World Drive in San Marcos was killed Friday afternoon when he was struck by a train at about 3:30 p.m.
The man was declared dead by Hays County Justice of the Peace Jo Anne Prado by phone shortly after police found him and reported his physical condition.
The collision forced the train to stop, blocking Wonder Word Drive under the overpass crossing the UP railroad tracks. The overpass itself remains open to vehicle traffic.
The police department estimates that the intersection will be blocked for at least two hours. Union Pacific Railroad police are taking the lead in the investigation because the collision occurred on railroad property.