Emergency surgery was required for a 28-year old San Angelo who was hit by a train late Saturday.
According to a release from the San Angelo Police Department, just before 2 a.m. Sunday, San Angelo police were called to the Angelo Place Apartments complex, 1426 Western Court, on a report of an unknown problem.
When they arrived, officers were flagged down by a subject who said he discovered a badly injured man lying on the railroad tracks nearby.
Officers went to the tracks and located a male victim, later identified as Vincinte Hernandez, suffering from severe injuries he sustained from a suspected collision with a train. San Angelo Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene. Hernandez was transported by ambulance to Shannon Medical Center, where he reportedly underwent emergency surgery. He remains hospitalized and is said to be in stable condition.
Investigators with the SAPD’s Traffic Section, Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations Section responded to the scene along with an official from Texas Pacifico Transportation LTD.
After investigation, officers learned that Hernandez was believed to have been on or near the railroad tracks drinking alcohol before the incident and may have been asleep on the tracks when the train struck him.
According to the release, Texas Pacifico officials confirmed that two trains traveled through the area where Hernandez was located at approximately 11:30 p.m. Evidence of alcohol consumption was recovered from the area near the tracks.
The train that collided with Hernandez was stopped northeast of San Angelo’s city limits and the train’s conductor cooperated fully with investigators.
The SAPD credited a small group of people who heard Hernandez’s cries for help after leaving a party at the apartment complex for saving Hernandez’s life. Members of the group initially thought the cries for help was a prank until one of the group’s members went to investigate.
The San Angelo Police Department wants to remind citizens that pedestrians who walk or loiter around railroad tracks are trespassing on private property and could be fined, arrested, seriously injured or killed.
According to Federal Railroad Administration statistics, 892 pedestrian rail trespass casualties (fatalities plus injuries) occurred in 2014. Texas is ranked number two in the nation with 42 deaths and 39 injuries .