Victim of lethal train accident identified

Assistant News Editor

Officials with the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) have identified the man who was struck and killed by a train on Friday afternoon.

Richard Alonzo Natal, 50, was struck by a train at about 3:30 p.m., The victim was pronounced dead via phone by Jo Anne Prado, Justice of the Peace, shortly after he was found by police.

According to police, witnesses said Natal was lying on the northbound tracks near Wonder World Drive when he was hit. The Union Pacific employee driving the train applied the brakes and blew the horn. Natal spotted the approaching engine and began to get up, but did not move in time, said members of the train’s crew.

Police have not confirmed why Natal was lying on the tracks, according to an April 20 city press release.