COPPERAS COVE, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: A person is dead after being hit by a train in Copperas Cove.
The Copperas Cove Police Department received a report at approximately 2:11 p.m. Sunday of a train-pedestrian accident. It was reported the victim was lying on the railroad tracks adjacent to the 1500 block of East Business Highway 190.
The City of Copperas Cove and the Copperas Cove Police Department said on Sunday that the railroad crossings at Wolfe Road, Main Street, and 1st Street were temporarily closed while officers conducted an accident investigation. Travelers were told to avoid these areas while first responders were at work.
The train was traveling east, approaching the location of the pedestrian. The train operator noticed the pedestrian lying on the railroad tracks and immediately activated the emergency stopping system for the train while signaling with the horn. The pedestrian attempted to take evasive action, but was unable to get away from the train before being hit.
The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision, and was pronounced dead on scene by Justice of the Peace F.W. “Bill” Price. The pedestrian was later identified as 21-year-old Masao Joverson Skilling.
Copperas Cove Police say the train consisted of two engines and 119 cargo cars, which were loaded with approximately 13,000 tons of various commodities. The department continues to investigate this incident.