A man emerged from bushes Thursday and walked onto the tracks as the westbound Union Pacific train passed near West Sixth Street and North Ninth Avenue. The train’s crew applied brakes but didn’t have time to stop, the railroad said.

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A Union Pacific spokesman says a freight train’s crew applied the brakes but didn’t have time to stop before their train struck and killed a man in downtown Tucson.

Railroad spokesman Jeff DeGraff says the man emerged from bushes and walked onto the tracks Thursday morning as the westbound 51-car train was passing through downtown.

The incident occurred near West Sixth Street and North Ninth Avenue.