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2007/10/24

Pedestrians VS. Trains

The problem with Gallup is the same reason Gallup exists today: the Railroad. Gallup was the name of the paymaster for the railroads way back, and so the town was named after him. The trains have been here ever since, and the city has been built around it, split into north and south by the tracks. WE have an astimated 100 trains travel through here each day, and right in the middle of downtown is a swithcing yard. The most direct route from the one side of Gallup to the other is to cross the tracks downtown, which can sometimes be blocked for 30 minutes or more while trains shuffle back and forth, switching tracks and dropping or taking cars.

The result is that people get impatient. People will try and beat the trains when the gates come down. Usually they do it in their cars, but sometimes while on foot. Today, as has happened far too many times before, one of the two men crossing the tracks didn't get across fast enough.



An orange evidence marking cone rests next to a pair of eye-glasses Wednesday after a pedestrian was struck by a train at the Second Street railroad crossing in downtown Gallup. The victim survived the impact, but died en route to a trauma center in Denver, Colo.


Gallup police crime scene investigator Emery Holly picks up a hiking boot while gathering evidence.

Gallup police detectives scour the scene Wednesday to gather evidence after
a pedestrian was struck by a train at the Second Street railroad crossing in
downtown Gallup. The man was airlifted for emergency care with head injuries, a
broken arm and other injuries, but reportedly died as the ambulance arrive at a
traume center in Denver, Colo.




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