Pedestrian Killed in Train Accident on Third Street in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- May 19, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a train hit that person on the tracks off West Third Street.
Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 3:00 a.m. off the corner of W. Third and North Lamar Boulevard.
Authorities said that a pedestrian somehow walked onto tracks, and a train eventually hit that person. The victim sustained fatal injuries due to the collision.
Additional details about the accident are unavailable at this time.
Commentary on Pedestrian Train Accident on Third Street in Austin
Folks tend to overlook incidents like this considering there aren't many ways someone gets hit by a train without doing something wrong. But short of something unusual like faulty signals or guards, there could be extenuating circumstances that still warrant investigation.
For example, I recall looking into a situation a while back in which a young woman was hit and killed on a set of tracks. Months later, video surfaced showing her barely conscious outside a bar due to being highly intoxicated. It turned out she had wandered home, became disoriented, and ended up tripping and passing out on the tracks. What folks likely wrote off as just someone being reckless turned out to be someone that may have been illegally over-served by a local bar. I'm not saying anything like that happened here, but steps must be taken to ensure a victim's loved ones know they're getting the full story.