A 53-year old cyclist was killed after being truck by a train after he left BICAS on Saturday.
According to a Tucson Police Department press release, Carl Astrum was stuck by a train at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Sixth Street outside 0f BICAS.
Astrum was taken to the hospital where he died nearly three hours later.
BICAS employee Colin Holmes, who was working at the time of the crash, said he didn’t know Astrum, but another customer said Astrum was using the tools in the BICAS metal shop prior to the crash.
Holmes said Astrum was alert and speaking to the paramedics as they loaded him into an ambulance.
Ronstadt said in the release that detectives determined Astrum was riding south on 9th Avenue attempting to make a left onto Sixth Street (east).
“At the time of the collision, he failed to stop for the lowered railroad crossing arms, and was southbound in the northbound lane of travel. As he turned eastbound into the westbound lane of 6th Street, he crossed onto the tracks. The Union Pacific Railroad train was traveling eastbound and struck Mr. Astrum from behind.”
The description of the crash above and the satellite map view appear to indicate Astrum may have been trying to squeeze between the tracks (which cross the intersection at an angle) and the building BICAS is housed in.
Last January the Union Pacific Railroad and City of Tucson worked together on modifying the intersection because it was one of the intersections with the most crashes.
The improvements included adding a median with bicycle cutouts to prevent motorists from turning left into or out of the intersection.
Astrum was determined to be at fault and nor charges were flied.