Man struck, killed on railroad tracks


A man was struck and killed by a train April 17 near Wonder World Drive.

April 19 UPDATE:

The man killed by a freight train April 17 was lying on the tracks and failed to get out of the way after operators sounded a warning horn, said Jeff DeGraff, spokesperson for Union Pacific Railroad.

Train operators activated the horn after spotting the man lying on the tracks, DeGraff said. The man was unresponsive but did attempt to move out of the way "at the last second" before the train hit, he said.

"All we have at the moment (are) statements from our train crew," DeGraff said. "Analyzing any video, if it is available, will take a couple of days."

-News reporter Jon Wilcox contributed to this report.

April 17:

A man was killed this afternoon after being struck by a train around 3:30 p.m. near Wonder World Drive.

The man was pronounced dead shortly after police found him. San Marcos Police do not know why the man was on the tracks at this time. The train was stopped after the collision and has blocked the intersection of Wonder World Drive and the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

This is the second incident in two weeks where a pedestrian was hit by a moving train. An 18-year-old male was hit by a train April 8 around 4 p.m. The male was struck at the Charles Austin Drive crossing near Jowers Center and the Bobcat Softball Stadium. He did not hear the train's horn because he was wearing headphones at the time. The victim was taken to University Hospital in San Antonio by an Air Flite helicopter.