On Tuesday, June 16th, the Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the man who died after getting hit by a train in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, last month. The coroner named 60-year-old Dennis Geary as the victim.
The accident report released by the Metropolitan Police Department disclosed that on Tuesday, May 12th, officers found the victim’s body at approximately 1 a.m. Geary was on the railroad tracks near Main Street and Bonneville Avenue with a head injury.
The police said that they believed the man was homeless, but have not released more information on it. The coroner has not released the cause of Geary’s death and will do so at a later time.
Train-related accidents are not as common as motor vehicle crashes, but they are quite fatal for pedestrians and drivers involved. In Nevada, a person must stop 15 to 50-feet from the nearest track of the railroad when there’s a clear visible sign or railroad device warning about an incoming train.
When a crossing gate is lowered or a flagman signals the approach of a train, a driver or pedestrian must not attempt to cross. The restriction also applies when a train comes within 1500-feet of a highway crossing limit.
A car carrying passengers, or any vehicle within the operating speed of 10 mph or less, or a vehicle carrying explosive or flammable liquid must stop 15 to 50-feet from the nearest track of the railroad at all railroad crossings.
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