2 Struck By DCTA A-Train In Unauthorized Area

HICKORY CREEK (CBSDFW.COM) – One person was killed and another hurt when they were struck by a Denton County Transportation Authority A-Train while walking in an unauthorized area near Lake Lewisville Saturday afternoon, said DCTA spokesman Dee Leggett.

Denton County spokesman Tom Reedy said the victims are a man and his early thirties and a woman in her late twenties. The man died from his injuries at about 5:38 p.m. The scene was just south of Lake Dallas on Interstate 35E.

The two were walking on the train tracks on the bridge crossing the lake, Reedy said. The conductor saw them and honked his horn. The two then tried to outrun the train. After they were hit, Reedy said they fell into knee deep water near the north shore of Lake Lewisville.

When they were pulled out, the woman was conscious and breathing while the man was unconscious, Reedy said.

CareFlite flew one individual to Parkland Memorial Hospital while the other victim was taken to Medical Center of Plano.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and their families,” Leggett said. “This unfortunate incident reinforces the importance of community education about rail safety.” 

The train was delayed about an hour before returning to service. There were seven passengers on the train, none witnessed the accident.

Since starting service last June, the DCTA train has been involved in seven collisions. Three of those involved pedestrians, the rest were with motor vehicles.

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One Comment

  1. desu says:

    2 people were victims of a violent train attack.

  2. FedUpTxn says:

    What kind of crack head walks on train tracks and doesn’t hear the train coming? Bet they’ll now expect the rail company to pay for their expenses.

  3. its me says:

    The “crack head”, feduptxn, was an army recruiter. Why do you hate the military?

  4. Fedup says:

    So why didn’t the train slow down or stop when those who got hit try to outrun the train? The way the spokesperson is fast to defend the train authority says there is more to this story. The train is only 2 cars long so it is not like a freight train that needs a mile or so to stop.

  5. bob says:

    Was this “Army recruiter” on crack?

  6. S. Parker says:

    No. He was Sgt. Bryan Geuea, he was 32, and he was the best damned Army recruiter I’ve ever met. Bit of a risktaker, though. He was a very good man, and served several tours in Iraq.

  7. Fedup says:

    Since it is being reported elsewhere that Sgt. Geuea is now the fourth person killed by the train line in the little amount of time it has been in operation, I do believe that CBS 11 should launch their own investigation into DCTA. From the numerous noise complaints to cars being stuck on the tracks, to the deaths, it is obvious that their choosing to use existing ground level rail tracks, instead of building building an elevated rail line like DART did, has led to these incidents. I hope CBS 11 investigates DCTA completely and reports their findings.

    S.Parker…thank you for setting the record straight on Sgt. Geuea.

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