Couple Hit By A-Train Near Lake Lewisville Identified

fatal train couple Couple Hit By A Train Near Lake Lewisville Identified

Sgt. Bryan Geuea and his wife Ashley, who were struck by the A-Train near Lake Lewisville on Feb. 25, 2012. (Credit: Denton County)

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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  1. Ekim Sregor says:

    It is tragic, but it did not have to be. Just because you don’t see a train, don’t assume that one is not near. Trains move quietly and when they are upon you there is little you can do. Stay away from railroad tracks. Stay away from injury and probable death.

    1. NiteNurse says:

      I think that rule of train safety has been around as long as there has been trains. Adults should know better.

  2. craigt says:

    This is a truly tragic situation and I do not mean to belittle it, but “They are now working on a public safety campaign to better educate the public in the hope of preventing similar tragedies.”? How much public education does it take to know not to walk on railroad tracks across a bridge where you have nowhere to run?

  3. Ron says:

    A train should not exceed the speed at which it could stop when an obstacle is seen in its path. If the train cannot see beyond 600 feet, its maximum speed should be a speed that allows it to stop within 600 feet.

    1. Jonathan says:

      No one would want to take a commuter train if it only went 25-40 mph. It takes a 150-car freighter over a mile to stop at 50mph. Should we slow down all commerce for a few idiots? The safety standards are good enough that 99.99% of society can function just fine. The few that can’t cope are probably better the way of the dodo. Sad but no one said life is meant to be happy 24/7. If anything, maybe the railroads ought to widen the bridge footprint so that if someone is caught on the tracks, there’s a place they can escape to but the fact of the matter is that they were still in a restricted place.

    2. Gary says:

      Ron you go stand by a crossing and ask them to stop it in 600ft. Even you know that its not going to happen. If you are on the tracks you get what you deserve you are in a place that you do not need to be in. and both of them knew that on a brige you have no place to run,

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