Child Dies in Train Crash
POSTED: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 5:58pm
UPDATED: Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 10:19am
ANTHONY, NM - New information on what we first reported as breaking news last night.
A 2-year-old is dead after a train and van crashed near Anthony, NM.
Police tell us the driver was trying to beat the train when the accident happened.
Now, neighbors are telling us what they heard last night and more importantly what they did not hear.
Neighbors near the train tracks are outraged.
They say they have never felt safe crossing the tracks and now they are enduring a painful memory.
Ysidra Sanchez lives a few feet from the tracks and immediately ran outside after a train hit a van.
"This morning they told me one of the children had already passed so you know I'm really concerned," Sanchez said.
Six people were inside the van - 2-year-old Nadeen Tovar died.
Sanchez says she helped keep another child, 3-year-old Desirae stay conscious until paramedics came.
"Something needs to be done and it needs to be done now not tomorrow or the day after, today," Sanchez said.
Neighbors like, Melissa Romero, say they could hear the accident from their homes.
"My family was outside and that's when we heard the brakes of the train really loud like a really squeaking noise," Romero said.
But they say they never heard the train's horn and that is their biggest concern.
"Yesterday evening we didn't hear nothing, I didn't hear nothing and we usually do," Romero said.