A 58-year-old Killeen woman died late Tuesday night after tripping on railroad tracks and getting hit by a train near 10th Street in Killeen.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced Hermanda Dixon-Cardona dead at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. He ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
Killeen police responded to the scene at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday after a 911 caller reported the incident.
The responding officers located the woman’s body about 100 feet east of 10th Street on the south side of the railroad tracks.
The train was traveling east approaching 10th Street, and the red lights were flashing and railroad crossing barriers were down, according to the Killeen Police Department.
The woman then attempted to cross the tracks on foot from the north to the south when she tripped. The train hit the woman and dragged her about 100 feet.
BNSF Railway is cooperating with local police to investigate the issue, said Joe Faust, a spokesperson for the transit company.
“The lead locomotive was camera-equipped, and we turned that over to be a part of the investigation,” Faust said. “That is why we have our recorder, so we can review what actually happened. The video will give a better idea exactly what happened.”
Faust warned people about attempting to cross railroad tracks while a train is coming. Trains sound their whistles a certain number of times while crossing roadways as a safety precaution, he said. “That is a warning device not only for motor vehicles but for pedestrians.”