LULING, TX -- A 50-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon when she attempted to cross railroad tracks blocked off by crossing arms.
Luling Police reported Carolyn Spears was riding her bicycle south on Walnut Street approaching Pierce Street in Luling around 4:40 p.m.
Witnesses and railroad personnel told police they saw Spears pass to the right of two cars stopped in front of the lowered crossing arms and ride onto the tracks. A Union Pacific train going 31 miles per hour struck the woman on her bike.
She was pronounced dead at the scene more than an hour later.
The Luling and Union Pacific police departments both investigated the incident. They reported all railroad corssing warning equipment, including audible warning sounds and lighted signals, were operation and activated at the time.
According to Luling Police Chief Bill Sala, the woman was well-known for riding her bike around town. Sala said investigators believe it was simply a case of the woman thinking she could make it across the tracks safely.
The chief called it "a very sad accident."