By Linda Kor
A Holbrook man has died after his truck was struck by a westbound train last weekend. According to the Holbrook Police Department, at 2:52 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, officers responded to the train crossing near the intersection of Navajo Blvd. and Joy Nevin Avenue, where they discovered Brad Turley, 50, of Holbrook had been ejected from his 1989 GMC truck after colliding with the train. He died of his injuries the following day at Flagstaff Medical Center.
According to the report, a witness to the incident stated that Turley was traveling north on Navajo Blvd. and went through the lowered arm guard into the path of the oncoming train.
The train, consisting of 71 cars and five engines, was traveling at approximately 55 mph and was able to come to a complete stop near Eighth Avenue. The engineers also reported observing the vehicle approaching the tracks at a high rate of speed and crashing through the arm guard before the train struck the center of the truck as it crossed the tracks.
Officers at the scene reported that alcohol and marijuana was found in the vehicle, but it is not known if those were a contributing factor in the incident.
There were no passengers in the vehicle.
The crash remains under investigation.