WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police have identified the man killed Wednesday in a train accident at K-15 and Hydraulic.
It happened just after 5 p.m.
Police say 26-year-old Robert L. Wells was walking across the tracks and turned at the last second before the train hit him.
Police believe it was an accident and not a suicide attempt.
“We do not believe at this point that it’s a suicide due to the fact that he was walking across the tracks,” said Lt. Joe Schroeder, Wichita Police Department. “He wasn’t standing on the tracks which would be what we would expect. But at this point, we don’t know what was going on with him. Witnesses say he just was walking, he did turn and look at the train right before impact, but by that time he was already in the middle of the tracks.”
Schroeder says two people were stopped at the crossing and confirm that the train was sounding its horn. He says they are traumatized by what they saw.
Police have no evidence that Wells was wearing earbuds or headphones. His family told police Wells did not have impaired vision or hearing.
Investigators are waiting for toxicology tests to come back, but they did not find any evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene.
“Only thing I would say is, it’s very important that people stay off the railroad right-of-ways and when you’re going across, when you’re walking across railroad tracks, you need to be paying attention and looking to make sure that there’s not a train coming,” said Schroeder. “They can not stop and there’s nothing that can be done when you do that.”