A man was the victim of a train accident while he was sitting on the tracks directly behind Portland East Middle School April 2. The conductor was unable to stop the train in time to avoid the accident. Submitted by Portland Police Department
Identified as Wilson David Medina Ferrera, he was hit by a CSX train on the tracks directly behind Portland East Middle School on April 2 at 5:44 p.m.
A Honduras passport belonging to Ferrera was found among his personal belongings. Ferrera’s date of birth was listed as April 5, 1982. No address was located.
According to the police report filed by Portland Police Officer Clint Whitson, Conductor Trent McKinley stated that when the train crested the hill behind 604 South Broadway, he and Locomotive Engineer Timothy Taylor observed Ferrera sitting on the left rail facing inward toward the other rail of the track.
The victim was reported to have been sitting with his head on his knees in a slumped over position. Efforts were made to stop the train but were unsuccessful. The train ultimately struck Ferrera causing his body to roll approximately 20 to 30 feet to the left of the tree line.
McKinley stated that the train was traveling approximately 20 to 25 miles per hour upon impact. When police arrived, Ferrera appeared to be breathing and appeared to have head injuries. The police report indicated that alcohol was involved in the accident.
The Portland Police Department has requested a copy of the onboard video footage from the incident from train officials. Photos were obtained from the incident and are a part of the police report.
The victim was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Medical officials reported that Ferrera was in the Vanderbilt Trauma Unit and was undergoing surgery at the time of the police report. He was continuing to survive the injuries on Monday, April 5.