Train Death Follow-Up

Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 3:42pm

TORNILLO - An east El Paso County railroad crossing claims two lives in less than two weeks.

On September 23rd... Tornillo Junior High School Principal Stephanie Segura died instantly when an Amtrak train slammed into her vehicle... after she reportedly disregarded the crossing guards at the tracks on O.T. Smith Road.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Cffice say Segura was driving and talking on her cell phone at the time of the crash.

And last night... just after eight... sheriff's deputies responded to yet another deadly accident on these same tracks. 

This time... an east-bound train... traveling at about 50 miles per hour... struck and killed a pedestrian... 30-year-old Sabas Villalobos... a Tornillo resident who suffered from drug and alcohol abuse... according to Montagne de Cristo Senior Pastor Laurencio Basquez.

Basquez says Villalobos visited his church several times in recent months.

"He was all into drugs and alcohol abuse and we were trying to help him get out of those areas and we were offering him counseling and giving him all that to try to get him out of those addictions."

The sheriff's office says witnesses saw Villalobos attempt to cross the tracks with another man... who deputies hope to identify as the investigation continues.

No word if drugs or alcohol played a role in this incident.

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