Man killed after being hit by train in San Marcos

FILE (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A man died Friday afternoon after being struck by a train in San Marcos. The collision happened about 3:30 p.m. along Wonder World Drive, just west of Interstate 35.

Witnesses say Richard Alonzo Natal, 50, was lying on the tracks when he was struck, according to San Marcos police. The train crew applied the brakes and blew the horn repeatedly, and according to the crew, Natal tried to get up before he was struck. Authorities have not confirmed why the San Marcos man was on the tracks.

“With this being the second train pedestrian incident recently, SMPD would like to remind residents that railroad tracks are inherently dangerous for pedestrians,” said Asst. Chief of Police Bob Klett. “When crossing a railroad track, one should cross only at a designated crossing point whether in vehicle or on foot. Crossing anywhere else other than at designated crossing points is dangerous—and against the law.”

The train stopped after hitting the man, police say, and Wonder World Drive under the overpass was closed for more than two hours. The roadway passing over the tracks remained open to traffic.

Because the collision happened on Union Pacific Railroad property, the company’s police department will lead the investigation looking into the collision. The investigation of Natal’s death is being handled by SMPD.

On April 8, a man was injured after a train struck him near the Texas Army National Guard Armory in San Marcos.

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