Pedestrian hit by train in Cordova
by Daniel Gaddy
Oct 07, 2012 | 4182 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 62-year-old man was struck by a train near 3rd Avenue in Cordova Saturday night.

According to Cordova Police Chief Kenneth Bobo, the victim was rushed to Walker Baptist Medical Center, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

The victim’s name was not released Saturday because investigators had not yet notified his family.

Bobo said the BNSF Railway Company train involved in the incident appeared to have signaled to alert the pedestrian and to have activated the emergency brakes properly. However, it was not clear why the pedestrian was on the railway or why he did not hear the warnings.

Bobo said it appeared that the pedestrian was attempting to move out of the way before he was struck.

According to Bobo, investigators will perform blood tests to determine if the victim was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but they did not know as of Saturday night whether either played a role in the incident.

Bobo said the investigation into the incident is a joint effort between the Cordova Police Department and police with BNSF Railway.

According to Bobo, the emergency call came into the police station at 7:04 p.m., and the responding officer found the victim at 7:08 p.m. The incident occurred about five blocks from where 3rd Avenue intersects with the railroad tracks.

Officers from the Cordova and the Barney fire departments also responded to the scene.