Sheriff: Train-crash victims were parked on tracks

A Clovis couple whose car was parked on railroad tracks west of Clovis died after being struck by a train on Saturday night.

Jason Cassady, 36, died at the scene, about 10:40 p.m. officials said. His wife, Rosann Lopez, 40, died while she was being airlifted to a Lubbock medical facility, according to a news release from Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller.

Witnesses saw the car, a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria, turn south onto Curry Road U from U.S. 60/84; the vehicle then crossed the tracks, then backed onto the tracks and parked.

“The train operators observed the male exit the vehicle on the passenger side and stand beside the vehicle until the collision,” the release said.

The westbound train was traveling 45 mph to 48 mph when it struck the vehicle, Waller said. The train’s engineer reported the crash to law officers.

The sheriff said law officers received no warning prior to the crash. An unrelated domestic dispute was reported about the same time, but Waller said that report was not related to the crash.

Waller said no suicide note was found at the scene and there was no evidence indicating anyone was forced to be on the tracks.

He said an investigation into the incident was ongoing on Sunday.