Train death victim identified

WILLS POINT (KYTX) - Authorities have released the name of the man hit and killed by a train in Wills Point Monday night.

Wills Point Police Chief Scott Johnson says 56-year-old Gui Richard Herring was crossing the tracks on the 500 block of East North Commerce Street just before 8 p.m. when a train hit and killed him.

Several crew members on the train told investigators Herring made a motion and screamed something at them just before he was hit. It is unclear what Herring was trying to say.

Chief Johnson says Herring was carrying an unopened six-pack of beer at the time of the accident.

Van Zandt County Precinct 2 Constable Ronnie Daniels pronounced Herring dead at the scene. His body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for autopsy. A toxicology report will also be performed.

Chief Johnson says the tracks were closed for 30 to 35 minutes following the accident. They are back open now.

Chief Johnson says this is not Herring's first run-in with the law.

Union Pacific Railroad is also investigating.


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