Train strikes man sleeping on tracks

Sept. 24, 2012 at 4:24 a.m.

A train hit a man sleeping on railroad tracks in the 4100 block of Port Lavaca Drive about 3 a.m. Saturday.

The man, Juan Anthony Gaona, 30, of Victoria, suffered a severed left foot at the ankle, according to a news release from the Victoria Police Department.

Gaona was observed sleeping on the tracks with his head on one of the tracks. Personnel on the Kansas City Southern train repeatedly sounded the horn, but the man did not wake up in time to avoid being hit, according to the release. The train struck him with its snow plow and spun him around causing his left ankle to land on the tracks.

Gaona was taken to Citizens Medical Center. He was listed in stable condition in a private room Monday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Victoria Police Department reminds the public it is illegal and unsafe to remain on railroad property.

Crossing of railroad tracks should be done as quickly and safely as possible, and you should never walk along or remain on railroad property, according to the release.

Anyone found on railroad property may be charged with criminal trespass, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000 and up to one year in jail.



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