Police identify man killed by train in Casa Grande
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) - Casa Grande police have identified a man who was struck and killed by an empty cargo train, but they have yet to say why he was on the tracks early Friday.
The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that the man was identified as 34-year-old Thomas Williamson.
Union Pacific Railroad called police around 7:40 a.m. Friday to report a collision involving 1 of its trains in the area of the Gila Bend overpass.
Police spokesman Thomas Anderson says Williamson was standing on the tracks but did not move despite the train operator honking the horn and pulling the brakes. The train was traveling at least 50 mph when it hit Williamson. He died on impact.
Other trains were backed up through Friday afternoon as police investigated.