AUSTIN (KXAN) — A female is dead after being hit by a train in South Austin early Thursday morning, according to police.
Police say the crash happened at 12:45 a.m. on the tracks near the intersection of Matthews Lane and Woodhue Drive.
A Union Pacific conductor had someone call 911 because he thought the train may have hit someone.
Police do not suspect foul play, and believe the victim may have been on the tracks intentionally.
A Union Pacific spokesperson offered the following information on protocol following an incident like this:
“While train accidents, such as this morning’s tragedy, can result in temporarily halting of freight traffic, our priority in such instances is to safely respond to the incident and provide support to emergency responders and our employees. We are extending peer-to-peer counseling to our train crew.
Union Pacific is currently investigating the cause of this accident; however, when such tragedies occur, we do want to remind everyone to use extreme caution around railroad tracks, including not trespassing on railroad property. For some perspective, it takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile – the length of 18 football fields – to stop.
This morning’s accident involved an empty coal train. As general course of operations, we keep customers informed if their freight is impacted.”