Trinity residents respond to pedestrian struck, killed by passin - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Trinity residents respond to pedestrian struck, killed by passing train

Daniel Wars (Source: Daniel Wars family) Daniel Wars (Source: Daniel Wars family)
Source: Daniel Wars family Source: Daniel Wars family
TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

Law enforcement are investigating the death of a pedestrian killed by a train Wednesday evening in Trinity. Some residents remember seeing 49-year-old Daniel Wars just moments before his death.

Trinity residents who live near the train tracks that lead into town are familiar with the sounds of train traffic.  

"I hear them all day. Probably every 20 or 30 minutes all day all night long," said Judy Harger, a Trinity resident. 

Yesterday evening, around 6:20, the train tracks gave off a sound of tragedy.  

"It was loud. I never heard anything like it. I knew something was wrong. I never heard a song like that before," Harger said. 

Wars, of Trinity, was walking on the tracks between Madison Street and Caroline Street when he was struck by a train traveling northbound. Those who had just seen Daniel said it's surreal.  

"Lights and police. It was almost instant. You heard the noise, and five minutes later, it was commotion everywhere," Harger said.  

"He was over here with some friends. He had been outside all day laughing and joking," Harger said.  

"He was sitting on his porch, and I waved at him. That's the last time I saw him," said Althea Murray, Daniel's friend. 

His family and friends simply described him as a good guy.  

"Daniel was a sweetheart. He was very helpful, kind, and sharing," Murray said. 

Residents said the tragedy reveals how short life can be. 

"An hour later he's gone. It really bothered me. It bothered me all night. I couldn't sleep," Harger said. 

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Hayne Huffman and Precinct 2 Judge Lyle Stubbs responded.

Wars was pronounced dead at the scene. Trinity Authorities say an autopsy will be completed in Beaumont to piece this together. A donation fund has been set up to help pay for funeral expenses.

If you would like to donate you can go to any Huntington State Bank location and say you would like to give a donation to John Heath to help pay for the funeral expenses.

Copyright 2015 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Nacogdoches group celebrates Earth Day

    Nacogdoches group celebrates Earth Day

    Sunday, April 22 2018 7:29 PM EDT2018-04-22 23:29:57 GMT
    Photo: KTREPhoto: KTRE

    Across the nation many people celebrated the Earth Day which started 48 years ago after a massive oil spill in California. Fast forward to today, the conversation revolves on conserving water according to organizers with Resilient Nacogdoches where its widely known that East Texas has an abundant resources of natural water. "Children grow up knowing that food, you just buy it, but you can grow it. We need water of course for growing gardens. It's something that we...

    More >>

    Across the nation many people celebrated the Earth Day which started 48 years ago after a massive oil spill in California. Fast forward to today, the conversation revolves on conserving water according to organizers with Resilient Nacogdoches where its widely known that East Texas has an abundant resources of natural water. "Children grow up knowing that food, you just buy it, but you can grow it. We need water of course for growing gardens. It's something that we...

    More >>
  • San Augustine celebrates long-lived community members

    San Augustine celebrates long-lived community members

    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-04-21 23:06:22 GMT
    Source: KTRE staffSource: KTRE staff
    Source: KTRE staffSource: KTRE staff

    The small, East Texas town of San Augustine hosted a celebration on Saturday for community members who had lived to see more moons than anyone else.   

    More >>

    The small, East Texas town of San Augustine hosted a celebration on Saturday for community members who had lived to see more moons than anyone else.   

    More >>
  • Nacogdoches County girls take down Angelina in KTRE Pineywoods Showdown

    Clean sweep for Nacogdoches in 10th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown

    Clean sweep for Nacogdoches in 10th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:48 PM EDT2018-04-21 01:48:29 GMT

    The Nacogdoches County girls have snapped a two-game losing streak in the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown following a 54-41 win over Angelina County. 

    More >>

    The Nacogdoches County girls have snapped a two-game losing streak in the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown following a 54-41 win over Angelina County. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly