Adan Ernesto Mata-Portillo Killed in Train Accident on Business 20 in Barstow, TX
UPDATE (May 12, 2023): Recent statements from authorities identified the man killed in the train wreck as 33-year-old Adan Ernesto Mata-Portillo. Additional details about the crash remain unconfirmed at this time.
Ward County, TX — May 5, 2023, one person sustained fatal injuries following an 18-wheeler versus train accident at around 7:00 p.m. on Business 20.
Initial details about the deadly collision say that it took place off the corner of Business 20 and County Road 135.
Authorities with the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that an 18-wheeler traveling across a set of tracks somehow did so as a train was passing. As a result, the train collided with the 18-wheeler, starting a fire.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, who has not been publicly identified at this time, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. It's unclear at this time if anyone on the train was hurt. Right now, factors leading up to the crash are still under investigation. Authorities have yet to provide additional details about what they're looking into currently.