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Train hits pedestrian laying on tracks

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An unidentified person was struck by a train passing through Gallup on Nov. 8.

Around 10 am that day, Metro Dispatch received a call about the incident. Gallup Police officers immediately drove out to the scene at the intersection of Allison Road and West Highway 66.

In an interview with the Sun, GPD Captain Erin Toadlena-Pablo explained what the GPD was able to assess by looking at the scene.

“It looks like this individual had walked out onto the tracks and laid down and was struck by a train,” Toadlena-Pablo said.

The person was declared dead at the scene.

The train was able to come to an eventual stop after hitting the individual.

Toadlena-Pablo said the person did not have any identification on them, and the incident made it impossible for the body to be identified in any way other than through fingerprints.

Once an autopsy is done, more information will become available.

Toadlena-Pablo said the GPD was still unsure on whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved in this situation. A toxicology report will be included with the autopsy.

By Molly Ann Howell
Sun Correspondent