Data from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) shows trespassing is the most common cause of death and injury in train-related accidents in Hays County.
The majority of deaths and injuries on Hays County railways can be attributed to trespassing on private property, according to the data. Similar trends can be found in nearby Central Texas counties where rail traffic is present.
FRA records show 14 total accidents from April 2010 to April 2015 in Hays County. Eight of the 14 people injured or killed were trespassing on private property. Three of the trespassing incidents resulted in fatalities.