OPD identifies man killed in train-pedestrian crash

ODESSA -- Photo Credit: ReMarie Sanchez

According to Odessa Police, the decedent has been identified as 25-year-old Joseph Ali Urquidez from Odessa.

Next of kin have been notified and the investigation continues.

Odessa Police are investigating the death of a man who was struck by a Union Pacific train Thursday night.

At around 4:45p.m., a Union Pacific railroad conductor saw a man walking on the train tracks off of 1st St. and Muskingum in Odessa.

The conductor immediately started sounding off his horn, but the loud noise had no effect on the man.

The conductor then pulled his brakes and had no choice but to sit there helplessly and watch this man get hit.

According to Union Pacific, it takes a train one mile to stop after the conductor pulls the emergency brakes, which is equivalent to 18 football fields.

Police say no foul play is suspected and believe the man was either in his 40s or 50s.

Investigators say it could be days before they identify the body, which has since been sent off to Tarrant County for an autopsy.

As a reminder it is illegal to walk or stand on train tracks.

Union Pacific recommends people to always stand at least three feet away from any tracks.