TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Two people were killed Friday, Oct. 4 when their truck was hit by a train near Interstate 10 in Marana.
The Marana Police Department said the crash happened between the Tangerine and Avra Valley exits around 11:09 a.m.
Authorities said it appears the truck was dragged hundreds of yards because there is no railroad crossing where the vehicle was found. Detectives with the Marana Police Department later determined that prior to the collision, the truck did not stop for the stop sign located at the private railroad crossing.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 54-year-old Salvador Bustamante.
Local and federal officials are investigating along with a group from Union Pacific.
Officers initially said the truck was operated by a contractor working for Tucson Electric Power, but later said it was simply a contracting company working in the area. A rep from TEP confirmed it was not one of their contractors.
One of them men killed has been identified by family members as 26-year-old Alonzo “AJ” Joseph Abeyta. His mother, Janet Berry spoke with KOLD News 13, telling us Abeyta leaves behind two daughters, ages 8 and 5.
Berry said Abeyta was a foreman for CenturyLink but was also in his last semester of becoming a police officer.
She said he was a loving father, son, brother, and friend.
“He just worked really hard in everything he did and everything he does was always for his daughters. If he wasn’t at work, he was with his family. He just always wanted to be with them. He was so smart, and so happy and so loving,” said Berry.