Traffic Incident at 5300 Lawndale

August 17, 2007 - Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 5300 block of Lawndale about 1:25 a.m. today (Aug. 17).

The identity of the deceased male victim is pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant D. Arnold and Officers D. Gutierrez, M. Wick and D. Hall reported:

The victim was driving a Nissan sport utility vehicle and traveling west on Lawndale when he disregarded a railroad warning signal, drove through the railroad arm and then struck the side of a Union Pacific train as it traveled south on the tracks. The Nissan caught on fire as the train stopped. Fire consumed the vehicle and the side of a railcar being used to transport plastic granules. The driver of the Nissan died at the scene.

JFC/GO 8-17-07
Inc #121373307

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