Ruben Lujan of Bruni, Texas is dead after being hit by a Kansas City Southern freight train. Lujan was traveling to a job site when the accident happened in the small town of Aguilares, 26 miles east of Laredo. He was driving a Toyota pickup and pulling a generator over the railroad tracks when he was hit on the driver side by the Kansas City Southern freight train.
“Well we saw the truck how it was damaged and the body was laying down on the ground. Its real tragic it so sad to see something like this happening,” said Hernandez, a family friend.
There are no gates or flashing light signals at the crossing. Hernandez believes it is the Railroad’s responsibility to install crossing arms and lights to warn drivers when a train is coming. “Just like any other place that have guards,” said Hernandez.
An employee with Kansas City Southern says the cargo train was heading west when it hit Lujan’s truck.
The Benchmark Distribution Company employee leaves behind a wife and two young children.
Authorities say Lujan was wearing a seat belt when the train hit him.
Kansas City Southern says the crew aboard the train was not injured and the incident is being investigated.