Colorado Woman Killed by Historic Union Pacific Steam Train
HENDERSON, COLORADO — July 24, 2018
Investigators say the pedestrian that was struck and killed by one of Union Pacific's historic steam trains. The woman was taking pictures of the locomotive, and apparently ventured too close to the tracks.
The 21-car train, being pulled by Locomotive 844, was returning Saturday evening from a day-long trip to Cheyenne Frontier Days.
The historic Union Pacific train was southbound and had just arrived at the 124th Avenue crossing near Henderson, at 7:45 pm, when the accident happened.
The unknown woman was among several people taking photos of the train after its annual trip to the parade and rodeo sponsored by The Denver Post Community Foundation. About 700 people were aboard.
UP Steam tweeted about the incident shortly afterward.
UP No. 844 was involved in a pedestrian fatality. Busses are en route to pick up guests on board the train. UP Police will be on scene for several hours assisting local authorities with the investigation.— UP Steam (@UP_Steam) July 22, 2018
The Adams County Sheriff's Office and Commerce City Police were at the scene shortly after the accident. The passengers were bused back to Denver.
The train remained at the scene for several hours. No other injuries were reported.
The train was Union Pacific's last to use a steam engine, it was built in 1944.
Steam Engine 844 was originally built for passenger service, operating between Omaha and Los Angeles, and Omaha and Portland. It is the most famous steam locomotive in the country.
Union Pacific says safety is a top priority and remind often people to take precaution near railroad tracks.