Stop. Trains Can’t.
A man was hit and killed by an Amtrak train in Haltom City Tuesday afternoon, a Fire Department official said.
The accident happened just east of Carson Street before Big Fossil Creek on the Trinity Railway Express track about 3:45 p.m., said Haltom City Fire Marshal Fred Napp.
The pedestrian was walking or jogging along the tracks, Napp said.
“I don’t know how you could not hear a train, but it happens all the time,” he said.
Witnesses and the train engineer said the man was not on the tracks, but was jogging close enough for the train to hit him, Haltom City Police Officer Eric Peters said.
Peters said the man has not been identified by police. When he is and his next of kin have been notified, his name will be released.
Peters said no one has been hit by a train in Haltom City since he can remember.
Amtrak was also investigating the accident.
A spokeswoman said none of the 34 passengers on the train were injured and the train was delayed about 3 hours.
“All individuals should exercise caution around railroad tracks and crossings,” the spokeswoman said in an email. “Amtrak continues to work closely with Operation Lifesaver (OLI) to communicate the dangers of grade crossings. Each year, about 2,000 people are killed or injured in grade crossing and trespassing incidents nationwide.”