LITTLEROCK – A man was struck and killed by a freight train Thursday afternoon in Littlerock, authorities said.
The victim was struck by a Union Pacific train about 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the area of Avenue T and 87th Street East, authorities said.
“[The conductor] noticed the pedestrian walking on the track and sounded the horn, but the pedestrian did not turn around to acknowledge the horn,” said Sgt. Vensel of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
“The conductor tried to brake the train, but the pedestrian never turned around and the train ended up striking the pedestrian and killing him,” Sgt. Vensel said.
Coroner’s officials did not release the deceased pedestrian’s name Thursday night.
Friends and family members at the scene said the man was 23 years old, lived nearby and was not suicidal.
Eduardo Gonzales said the deceased man was his brother.
“My brother was probably walking back [home] from the creek where he usually goes… and didn’t see the train behind him and didn’t hear [it] because he always has some earphones on,” Eduardo Gonzales said.
UPDATE: The deceased pedestrian has been identified as 23-year-old Pedro Florentino Gonzales of Littlerock, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.