• August 30, 2022

Pedestrian Hit, Killed by Train near Bonner and Locust in Tyler, TX

Tyler, TX — August 29, 2022, a pedestrian was fatally injured when he was hit by a train on tracks near Bonner Avenue in Tyler.

Reports say the incident happened around 9:05 a.m. near North Bonner and West Locust Street, which is not a railroad crossing point. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was lying on the train tracks for unknown reasons when the train passed through.

The collision severed the victim's leg but he was reportedly alive when emergency crews arrived. He was taken to an area hospital where he died a short time later.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Train Accident near Bonner and Locust in Tyler

People have a habit of jumping to certain conclusions when someone is hurt by a train. Their inclination to blame the person hit is somewhat reasonable considering trains don't really move unpredictably. However, since the pedestrian was allegedly lying on the train tracks in Tyler it's important to find out whether there are other extenuating circumstances.

Here's an example: Several years ago in the San Antonio area a young woman was tragically hit and killed by a train. For quite some time the court of public opinion just blamed her for wandering down to the tracks, but her family didn't believe that. Further investigations ultimately found she was unfortunately very intoxicated after leaving a local bar that night, became disoriented while walking home, and passed out on the train tracks.

Some may feel that story still illustrates the victim being to blame, but they often don't realize that a bar which negligently over-serves alcohol to its customers may be responsible for any injuries those customers cause or suffer afterward. That's due to Texas dram shop law, which holds alcohol-serving businesses accountable for the damage their intoxicated customers do--even to themselves. Because the bar drastically over-served that poor girl, the law held it accountable for its role in her accident.

I'm not saying that's what happened in Tyler, but I think most would agree it's important to at least find out why and how the victim ended up on the tracks that day. Until more answers can be found, it's best to avoid jumping to conclusions and to focus on what can be done for the victim's loved ones.

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