Train Hits Cotton Module Truck North of Shallowater, Kills Man

At about 4:40 pm Monday, EMS, Sheriff's Deputies and DPS were called to F.M. 2378 and Highway 84. DPS confirms that 35 year old Marco Antonio Flores, of McAllen, TX died in the crash. <span style="color: #ff0000;">UPDATED</span> 12/9/13 10:02 PM<br />
LUBBOCK, TX -- Officials said Monday that Marco Antonio Flores, 35 of McAllen, died as the result of a collision between a train and a cotton module truck. Flores was the driver of the truck, and he was declared dead at the scene.

At around 4:40 Monday afternoon, emergency crews were called to the scene of a deadly crash just north of Shallowater, where F.M. 2378 meets Highway 84.

A southbound train collided with Flores' cotton module truck attempting to cross the highway. Investigators are now trying to figure out why the truck was on the tracks in the first place.

"We don't know if he just didn't see the train or he expected the truck in front of him to go, and couldn't go," according to Sgt. Brian Witt with the Department of Public Safety. "But, he was on the track when the train came through."

DPS tells us Flores' father was driving a module truck in front of him, and witnessed the entire thing.

Sgt. Witt says this is the first fatal incident they've dealt with this year involving a train and a cotton module. Residents who live nearby tell us it's normally a very safe intersection.

"I looked out my kitchen window and I saw the train stopped," says Wayne Gipson, who lives just down the road. "That train never stops at that intersection, there's no reason to. So I told my wife 'maybe there's an accident'."

DPS says this particular crossing has no lights or guards to warn when a train is coming. However, Gipson says the trains that come through always make their presence known.

"You can hear the horn. I've never heard them not blow their horn."



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