Only on 8: No warning lights or crossing arm at scene of deadly train accident
Jun 8, 2009
Jun 8, 2009
A father of two is now dead after being hit by a train. The man was traveling to a job site when the accident happened in the small town of Aguilares. That’s twenty-six miles east of Laredo. Our Joey Horta has more from the scene. Edith, the wife of 35-year-old Ruben Lujan of Bruni is now in mourning seen here arriving to the tragic scene where her husband was killed while trying to get over the railroad tracks in Aguilares near Elm and Cleveland. Her husband Ruben was driving this Toyota pickup and pulling a generator behind him when he was hit on the driver side by the train. A family friend of Lujan made it to the scene before authorities and had the victim's blood on his shirt. Mr. Hernandez, Family Friend: "Well we saw the truck how it was damaged and the body was laying down on the ground. Its real tragic it so sad to see something like this happening." "Now that’s what’s left of that vehicle that was hit by the train this morning you can see is just a mangled mess. Airbags deployed upon impact. The trailer that it was actually pulling was left about three car lengths from the location where this truck came to a stop." There are no crossing arms or warning lights at the location and Hernandez says Kansas City Southern is to blame. "You have your windows rolled up and your radio on and its just things that’s part of the day I understand but its responsibility for the R.R. track to put some guards so we can know when train is coming. Just like any other place that have guards."
An employee with KCS says the cargo train was heading west when the two collided. The Benchmark Distribution Company employee leaves behind a wife and two young children. Authorities say Lujan was wearing a seat belt when the train hit him. Kansas City Southern says the crew aboard the train was not injured and the incident is being investigated.