POSTED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 4:28am
UPDATED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 12:17pm
AS REPORTED IN THE LONGVIEW NEWS-JOURNAL:
GLADEWATER — It may never be known why a 36-year-old Gladewater woman stepped onto train tracks Tuesday night and was struck by an Amtrak passenger train.
And city officials were hesitant Wednesday to speculate about whether a dramatic increase in the speed of trains through Gladewater might have played a role.
Crystilla “Chris” Houston was struck at the Union Pacific Railroad intersection with Walter Derrick Avenue in Gladewater just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.
“The incident is still under investigation,” Police Chief Farrell Alexander said Wednesday. “We know that she walked toward the tracks intentionally, but we don’t know if she knew a train was coming.”
It was the second train-related death in Gladewater in 17 years.
Amtrak officials said the train was stopped at the scene of the incident for about an hour and 15 minutes while emergency crews and investigators tried to piece together the circumstances leading to Houston’s death.
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