Police identify man hit by train in Copperas bay

COPPERAS COVE, TX (KWTX) – Police have identified 21-year-old Masao Joverson Skilling as a pedestrian hit by a train on railroad tracks adjacent to the 1500 block of East Business Highway 190.

The fatal accident became known shortly after 14:00 on 15 January.

Police were told that Joverson was lying on the railroad tracks as the train traveled east.

The train driver spotted Joverson lying on the railroad tracks and immediately activated the train’s emergency stop system by sounding a horn, police said.

“The pedestrian tried to evade the train but was unable to dodge it before being hit,” police said. “As a result of the collision, the pedestrian was fatally injured.

Magistrate FW “Bill” Price pronounced Joverson dead at the scene.

The train consisted of two locomotives and 119 freight cars, which were loaded with about 13,000 tons of various goods.

The Copperas Cove Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident.

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