LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – The Denton County Sheriff’s Office has identified a couple struck by a commuter train Saturday evening as 32-year-old Sgt. Bryan Joseph Geuea, a U.S. Army recruiter in Denton and veteran of multiple tours in Iraq, and his wife, 22-year -old Ashley McCraw Geuea.
According to neighbors, the two had married only about a month ago.
Sheriff spokesperson Tom Reedy said they were in the area near Interstate 35 and Lake Lewisville on an outing with other family members when they took off walking and ended up on the rail bridge crossing lake around 5:30 Saturday evening.
A train conductor saw them and sounded his horn, said Reedy. Even if a conductor sees a person walking on the tracks, it takes the train 200 to 300 yards to come to a complete stop.
The couple reportedly tried to outrun the train, but it hit them both. They fell between 15 and 20 feet, landing in the lake’s knee deep water.
Passing drivers saw the crash and stopped to help Lewisville police officers pull them from the lake.
CareFlite helicopters rushed the couple to nearby hospitals. Bryan Geuea died shortly after arriving at Plano Medical Center.
Ashley Geuea was listed in critical condition at Parkland Hospital.
“I just pray that she makes it,” said Cathy Faraoni, next door neighbor and friend. “She’s got a tough road ahead of her.”
Since it began operations in June, Denton County’s A-Train has had seven crashes. An agency spokesman said it investigates each one.
They are now working on a public safety campaign to better educate the public in the hope of preventing similar tragedies.
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