UPDATE: The pedestrian was identified as 65-year-old Guillmerina Vera Perez of Jacksonville.
“Perez was walking east on the tracks and ignored, or otherwise did not hear, warning horn blasts from the train,” Jacksonville Police Chief Joe Williams said in a statement. “The investigation continues, however it appears only to be a tragic accident.”
JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) – A woman is dead after being hit by a train in Jacksonville.
On Wednesday around 1 p.m., Jacksonville police and fire departments responded to an accident in reference to a train hitting a pedestrian west of US 69 on the Union Pacific rail Line.
Authorities identified the pedestrian as a woman and she reportedly was walking eastbound on the tracks as the train was approaching but did not respond to the train warning horns. After striking the woman, officials said the crew stopped the train and contacted emergency services for aid.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and most streets and intersections west of the overpass on Highway 69 were closed while police conducted an investigation of the incident.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of those involved. The train will be blocking intersections in town for an extended period of time. Please plan your travel accordingly and use 69 to cross the tracks.”Jacksonville Police Department
Officials said they are withholding the name of the woman until family members can be contacted.
KETK will update this post as more information becomes available.