• September 21, 2022

Pedestrian Injured by Train on S. Zarzamora Street in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX — September 19, 2022, a pale pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a train on Zarzamora Street on San Antonio's West Side.

Authorities say the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. on South Zarzamora near Merida Street. Investigators aren't sure how the victim ended up on the tracks but believe he was on or near them when a train passed through and hit him. The impact reportedly threw him off the tracks rather than pulling him under.

The victim suffered lacerations to his head and body and was taken to an area hospital. Investigators say he was not cooperating with them at the scene.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on San Antonio Train Accident on S. Zarzamora

People have a habit of jumping to certain conclusions when someone is hurt by a train. Their inclination to blame the person hit may seem reasonable since a train's path is generally easy to avoid, but it's still important to find out whether there were extenuating circumstances. For instance, investigators must try to determine whether the victim in a normal state of mind at the time.

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. A few months down the line independent investigators learned she was highly intoxicated after leaving a local bar, became disoriented while walking home, and passed out on the train tracks.

Pedestrian Injured by Train on S. Zarzamora Street in San Antonio, TX

Some may feel that story still illustrates the victim being to blame, but they may not know 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 San Antonio, but I think most would agree it's important to find out why the victim was on the tracks--even if he allegedly didn't want to explain. Until more answers can be found, it's best to avoid jumping to conclusions and wait for the facts to do the talking.

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