A man was killed after being struck by a train this morning, stalling traffic in downtown Tucson, authorities said.

All railroad crossing are shut down from North Main Avenue to North Seventh Avenue, said Capt. Andy Skaggs, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman.

TFD is advising motorists to avoid the downtown area, specifically railroad tracks, for the next several hours.

Jeff DeGraff, a Union Pacific spokesman, told the Associated Press that the freight train's crew applied the brakes but didn't have time to stop before their train struck and killed the man.

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The man emerged from bushes and walked onto the tracks as the westbound 51-car train was passing through downtown Tucson, he said.

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

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at cschmidt@tucson.com or 573-4191


Caitlin is a watchdog reporter covering local government, the University of Arizona and sports investigations. She graduated from the UA's journalism school in 2014 and has won a dozen state awards for investigative and public records-based reporting.