Pedestrian Hit by Train at Union Pacific Railyard on Campbell St in El Paso, TX
El Paso, TX -- February 1, 2022, a pedestrian was struck and injured to an unknown degree by a freight train at a railyard on Campbell Street in El Paso.
Authorities say the incident happened Tuesday morning at the Union Pacific freight yard along North Campbell Street. The circumstances of the incident aren't clear, but reports indicate someone was on foot in the trainyard when they were struck by a passing train.
The identify of the victim and the severity of their injuries have not been disclosed.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Pedestrian/Train Accident on Campbell St in El Paso
I'm not coming down on news sources or police for not having all the answers just yet, but at the same time the preliminary reports about this accident are even vaguer than usual. Who was the pedestrian? Why were they in the train yard? Were they an employee of the railroad or just a civilian passing through it? If the latter, how did they end up there? When exactly did the accident happen--was the sun up yet? What were visibility and sightlines like? How fast was the train moving? Was the pedestrian somehow unable to see or notice it?
I don't ask questions like those to overcomplicate this matter or point any fingers. Like anyone else, I'm just frustrated by the lack of available details. I've also been doing this long enough to know that even when more information comes out it may not really clarify things as much as one would hope. If police don't really get to the bottom of things, that may leave the victim's loved ones missing a large number of important answers. In such cases it's often best to work with independent investigators who have the time and resources to fill in blanks police don't.