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Odessa Man Killed by Union Pacific Train

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

New details about a deadly train accident that happened in Odessa, Texas on Sunday night have been released.

New Details about the Odessa Train Accident

KTRE News is reporting that there has been a release of new details regarding a deadly train accident that happened in Odessa.

The accident involving the train happened at the 2500 block of East 2nd Street at around 11:45 p.m. on Sunday nightPolice in Odessa say that a 50-year-old man was hit by a Union Pacific train. The train was then stalled for about three hours over the distance of a few blocks while Odessa police responded to the scene and a detective investigated the accident.

According to Union Pacific, the conductor and the engineer saw the man lying on the tracks, and the conductor applied the emergency brake; however, it takes about a mile for the train to come to a complete stop. Union Pacific also said that the body of the man was found almost immediately.

Jeff DeGraff, a spokesman for Union Pacific that at this point in the investigation, it appears that the accident was intentional on the part of the victim, but that Union Pacific makes it a point to never speculate on the mental condition of individuals.

DeGraff also said that there were other trains that were running the same route that were also delayed, but there was no additional damages or other injuries that were reported.

The man that was lying down on the tracks was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the man’s family.

The body of the victim has been sent to Tarrant County for an autopsy.

Important Information about Train Accidents

According to Operation LifeSaver Rail Safety Education:

  • Preliminary statistics indicate that there were 269 fatalities involving trains in the United States in 2014.
  • There was a rise of roughly 30 deaths from railroad trains from 2013-2014 in the United States.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that three out of four accidents involving trains take place within 25 miles of a victim’s home. 

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