(Fort Worth, Texas – October 19, 2013)
A 43-year-old native of Jordan who had lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for nearly three decades was killed Saturday afternoon as he left his work as a manager at a Fort Worth, TX trucking company and headed for home.
Mohammed al-Tayyeb was killed when he attempted to cross Trinity Railway Express railroad tracks at the grade crossing at 12600 Calloway Cemetery Road and TRE (former BNSF) railroad tracks in his vehicle.
Workers at al-Tayyeb’s place of employment, which was adjacent to the railroad tracks, owned jointly by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Fort Worth Transit (“The ’T’”) authorities, and operated under contract by the Herzog Transportation Group, said they didn’t hear any warning horn blasts from the oncoming train.
The TRE/Calloway Cemetery Road grade crossing, although equipped with both flashing lights and crossing gates, has now been the site of eight crossing collisions, with Saturday’s being the first fatality. Although TRE authorities claimed the signals and gates were working properly, close family friend and cousin of the victim, Omar Garcia, questioned the report, saying that he believed that either the signals malfunctioned or the gates allowed too much room and thus could entrap vehicles between them.
“It doesn’t make sense,” Garcia told WFAA-TV’s Todd Unger. “We just don’t believe the guard came down properly.”
Meanwhile, Fort Worth Police were investigating to see if the victim was inside the crossing area when the gates suddenly lowered.
“It’s heartbreaking,” said Garcia as he lamented the fact that al-Tayyeb’s funeral was now being planned by the victim’s mother and son.