Update: Pedestrian struck, killed by train ID’d

2014-08-08T14:52:00Z 2014-08-08T14:53:53Z Update: Pedestrian struck, killed by train ID’dKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 08, 2014 2:52 pm  • 

Police have released the name of the man who was hit and killed by a train early Friday morning.

It was the second train-related death in the area in less than a month.

Robert E. Cole, 56, was struck by a westbound train and killed just before 5:30 a.m. as he was crossing the railroad tracks in the area of North Seventh Avenue and East Seventh Street, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.

Cole was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further information was provided.

Cole was the second man in less than a month hit by a train in the same area.

At about 9 p.m. July 9 a 25-year-old man was hit and killed by a train in the area of North Seventh and East Toole avenues.

The investigation, conducted by Union Pacific, took just 90 minutes, according to a company spokesman. No details were released.

When a death involving a train occurs at a crossing, TPD traffic detectives investigate, but because the July death occurred elsewhere on railroad property, the investigation was left to Union Pacific, Widmer previously said.

The identity of that victim was not released by Union Pacific.

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