Train - pedestrian collision

A train sits stopped on the tracks Friday morning, July 5, 2019, at the intersection of E. Acres Street and N. Jones Avenue after colliding with a pedestrian.

UPDATE 11:38 a.m. — An initial Norman police investigation indicates the man hit and killed by a train this morning in Norman stepped in front of the train and did not move, despite a train engineer blowing the train's horn.

"The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train engineer stated that he saw the individual and sounded the train’s horn prior to the collision. However, the individual did not heed the warning," read an NPD press release.

All railroad crossings have been reopened. The identity of the deceased male has not been released.

ORIGINAL — A train blocked railroad crossings at four intersections for two hours this morning after it collided with a pedestrian at the Acres Street crossing.

Norman police announced the crossings at Eufaula, Main, Gray and Acres were closed due to the collision, although several were reopened around 9 a.m. The Acres crossing remains closed as police investigate.

The identity of the individual killed in the collision has not been released.

• Train collisions in Norman

The last train/pedestrian collision in Norman happened in early May when a teenager, whose identity was not released, was hit by an Amtrak train between the Brooks and Boyd Street crossings. A preliminary police investigation indicated the incident was a suicide.

In November, 48-year-old Norman resident Kurt Seifert was hit by a northbound Amtrak train at around 9:35 p.m. while attempting to cross the tracks on Duffy Street. Seifert later died from his injuries.

There was also a fatal train-pedestrian collision in 2017, when a cyclist was killed after colliding with a train at the Main Street crossing. In February of 2017, the City of Norman implemented a quiet zone. The measure removed a requirement for train employees to blow a horn while traveling through the city of Norman, but employees are still allowed to use the horn at their own discretion. The measure also included a variety of safety modifications to railway crossings.

In 2015 and 2016, before the implementation of a quiet zone, there were 12 fatal train-pedestrian collisions, according to available statistics.

Caleb Slinkard was hired as the editor of the Norman Transcript in August of 2015. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce and previously was in charge of several newspapers in northeast Texas.

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