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LAW ENFORCEMENT NEWS
A Houston-area man who suffered critical injuries after he was struck by a train in Pearsall on Sunday, November 20, is expected to survive the accident.
Frio County sheriff’s deputies say the man identified as 31-year-old Ricardo Cuevas was walking south along the train tracks between the Trinity and Arnold streets crossing just before 1 a.m. on Sunday when he was struck by the moving locomotive.
Deputies learned during interviews with the train crew that Cuevas had been in the middle of the tracks, walking towards the train that was traveling northbound. However, just moments before the train struck him, Cuevas tried stepping out of its way.
According to a report on the case, the man was able to identify himself to emergency responders despite his injuries, which included a head laceration.
Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and Cuevas was transported to Frio Regional Hospital. At risk of losing an arm to the injury, Cuevas was transported to Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio later that morning.
Cuevas faces drug charges after San Antonio police found him in possession of marijuana. A preliminary blood analysis determined Cuevas had methamphetamine, benzodiazepine and marijuana in his system at the time of the accident.