Man Killed on DART Tracks

A 21-year-old man was reportedly illegally walking on the tracks in the train's right-of-way

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    A 21-year-old man was killed Thursday night by a DART train while walking on the stretch of tracks over the Trinity River in Dallas. (Published Friday, June 29, 2012)

    A young man was struck and killed by a DART train while walking on the tracks in the dark Thursday night.

    The collision happened near the Corinth Station at 8th Street on the stretch of tracks over the Trinity River in Dallas around 10 p.m.

    It’s not clear if the man had been trying to cross the tracks or was walking along the tracks.  DART spokesman Mark Ball said the operator pulled out of the Corinth station and didn’t see the man in time to stop the train.

    Ball said the operator is not at fault and that she was been heading north from the Corinth Station back to the company’s yard, where the trains are kept overnight.

    The train did not have any passengers on-board at the time.

    Ball said the 21-year-old man had been illegally walking on the tracks in the train’s right-of-way when he was hit and killed.

    DART shut down that stretch of tracks and had to send a bus to pick up passengers who were still waiting to catch a ride at the station.

    Passenger Harold Sanders is stunned by the death on the DART tracks. 

    “You had one train stopped.  We saw yellow tape and police.  We saw the guy sitting on the side, or laying on the side.  We didn’t know what happened, then later we got the news someone had been killed.  For him to be in that situation, I feel for him and am grieving for his family,” said Sanders.

    Friday morning, the medical examiner is working to notify the man’s family.

    The tracks have re-opened, and trains are running as scheduled.