EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the train derailment that left one man dead outside of the Alfalfa Rail Yard in El Paso’s Lower Valley on Monday.
As KTSM previously reported, a local Union Pacific conductor identified as Mario Navarro, died after a train car hit him as it flipped on its side during the derailment.
The NTSB’s website says the following:
Investigators with the police department’s Crimes Against Persons unit determined that earlier, work was being done on a portion of the track and a derailment device had been installed in order to protect from oncoming trains.
At the time of the crash, the train engineer was given clearance to proceed however the derailment device had not been removed.
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