A 22-year-old New Braunfels woman was struck and killed by a passenger train Wednesday evening, police said.
New Braunfels Police Department Sgt. Greg Fuller said police and New Braunfels Fire Department paramedics were dispatched to the 600 block of Hill Avenue around 8:42 p.m. for reports of a train versus pedestrian incident.
“Once on scene, officers observed an Amtrak commuter train that was en route to San Antonio had struck a young adult female who appeared to be laying on the tracks,” Fuller said.
The woman, identified as 22-year-old Carrigan Georg of New Braunfels, was pronounced dead at the scene by Comal County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mike Rust, who ordered an autopsy.
“All rail traffic was stopped for approximately 2.5 hours while the investigation was completed by the New Braunfels Police Department and Union Pacific Railroad Police Department,” said Fuller, adding next of kin had been notified. “The investigation into the incident will be handled by Union Pacific police.”
According to Federal Railroad Administration preliminary statistics, more than 140 people were killed in railroad incidents in the first two months of 2019 — with 16 of those deaths taking place in Texas.
In 2018, 866 people were killed, with 50 of those taking place in Texas.
Texas ranked third in the country for train fatalities, trailing only California and Florida.