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Union Pacific Hits, Kills Pedestrian in East Texas

By December 2, 2011 No Comments

(Jacksonville, Texas – November 27, 2011)

A 21-year-old resident of Jacksonville, TX was struck and killed by a Union Pacific freight train about noon Sunday when he attempted to cross UPRR tracks in Jacksonville, TX at a point where there is no street crossing, but where streets on either side of the tracks dead end there.

Police say Brandal Shepard was walking parallel to the tracks and had a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and headphones on his ears, when he attempted to cross the tracks near South Bolton Street and Woodrow Street near downtown Jacksonville.

Jacksonville PD Sgt. Royce McCullough said the train crew “advised they were blowing their horn,” but added “It’s possible that he did not hear the train.”

Sgt. McCullough further observed that, although train-pedestrian accidents have occurred in the city before, but they are uncommon, and he could not remember the last time it had happened but knew it was a non-fatality accident.