DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) –Beauregard Sheriff Ricky Moses issued a warning to the public after a pedestrian was hit and killed by a train in DeRidder on Thursday morning. The train struck 36-year-old Elijah Silvers around 2:30 a.m. Moses said it’s not a good idea to walk along railroad tracks.
“The engineer said he saw the subject sitting on the edge of the tracks,” Moses said.
But by the time he stopped the train it was too late. Moses said several questions surround the incident but the biggest is why the victim didn’t move off the tracks when he could have easily saw or heard the train coming.
“It kinda happened in that curved area. You can see we have multiple tracks here so just speculating we don’t know if he thought the train was on a different track and didn’t attempt to move or if he was impaired. We don’t exactly know why he didn’t try to move,” Moses said.
Because this isn’t the first tragedy like this to play out in the area Moses thinks some people underestimate the dangers of walking along the tracks.
“People that are walking think it’s just an easy path to walk. They don’t have to worry about vehicles coming back and forth along a busy roadway. They probably feel it’s safer to walk along the tracks,” he said.
Moses said that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
“A car can stop a lot faster than a train can. A train’s not gonna be able to stop in time to avoid someone if they don’t see the train coming,” he said.
Moses said it’s best to avoid walking near a train track altogether but if people do get near one they should always limit distractions.
“Don’t walk on train tracks when you’re impaired. Don’t listen or put your earphones on and listen to loud music,” he said. “Don’t do anything that might hinder your ability to see or hear a train coming.”
The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office should have a toxicology report back soon to determine what Silver’s mental state could have been at the time he was hit.
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