(Flower Mound, Texas – August 2, 2019)
An as-yet unidentified driver of a large black pickup truck was severely injured by a BNSF train at the dangerous and unguarded crossing of BNSF rails and Cowboy Drive in the far western portion of the city of Flower Mound, TX Friday night about 8 PM, CDT. The driver likely never heard or saw the approaching BNSF train.
Cowboy Drive is a private extension off of U.S. Highway 377, and does not even show up on Federal Railroad Administration crossing inventories. Yet, satellite views of the crossing show neither warning devices nor restrictive signage to inform drivers of the daily passage of 20 BNSF freight trains that cross there daily at a maximum allowable speed of 60 mph. It is also unknown if the BNSF freight train blew its train horn in a timely manner to provide an audible warning to the motorist of the oncoming train.
While Flower Mound Police investigated the incident. According to reports, the victim was taken to a nearby hospital’s trauma center for treatment.