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UPDATE: APD declares alcohol a factor in train vs vehicle wreck


Amarillo police released the following press release Sunday, August 11, regarding the two-train collision with a pickup truck in east Amarillo Saturday night. Police are calling the incident type "Intoxicated Manslaughter".

"On August 10, 2013 at approximately 9:25 PM, officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle vs. a train collision in the 600 block of N. Eastern. Upon their arrival they discovered a 2002 Dodge 1500 had been struck by two separate trains as it was crossing the tracks located in the 600 block of N Eastern. Witnesses told officers that they observed the truck disregard the railroad crossing barricades. The Dodge was pulling a horse trailer that had a single horse in it. The Dodge was driven by a WM age 38 of Amarillo. The only passenger in the Dodge truck was a 4 year old WM. The collision with the train caused the child to be ejected from the truck. He died at the scene from injuries he received in the collision. Justice of the Peace Thomas Jones has ordered an autopsy. No BNSF employees were injured in the crash. The driver was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Alcohol is a factor in this case. The collision is being investigated by the Traffic Investigation squad of the Amarillo Policed Dept."

Police also report the identity of the driver is not being released pending the investigation, but they have confirmed the male driver remained hospitalized as of Sunday morning.


One child has been confirmed dead after two trains collided with a pickup truck in east Amarillo late Saturday night.

Amarillo police where on scene at Eastern and 3rd street where the two BNSF trains were going opposition directions on the tracks when they struck a full-size Dodge pickup truck pulling a one-horse trailer.

The driver of the pickup was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Police have also confirmed one child has died as a result of the accident. Officials also report the horse was injured, but escaped the trailer and was running loose.

Police say witness reports indicate the driver was driving south on Eastern when he tried to drive around the railroad crossings. The pickup was struck by both trains headed east and west.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as we'll continue to release information as it becomes available.

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