FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – One person is dead after being hit by a passenger train in Fort Worth.
The Amtrak train headed from Chicago to San Francisco was making its way into the east side of Fort Worth when the incident happened.
The train and its passengers were stopped at the scene for several hours as investigators completed their work, and then the locomotive continued on.
According to Fort Worth Fire department spokesman Tim Hardeman, the male victim may have went onto the tracks just as the train approached.
“The individual was seen walking toward the tracks and appeared to lay down on the tracks and by that time the train was unable to stop and struck the individual,” Hardeman said. “He [the conductor] did hit his brakes but again by the time he realized that there was gonna be a problem it was too late for him to stop.”
There is indication that others used a shortcut in the area to cross the rails.
“Well I don’t know how frequently they’re used but there are several paths leading across the tracks through the right-of-way next to the tracks,” Hardeman said.
Officials say they’re still trying to figure out exactly what happened and that the investigation continues.
The victims name has not been released.
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