NEWS 8 EXCLUSIVE
FORT WORTH — Family and friends of a Jordanian man who had long made North Texas his home are mourning his death in a train accident over the weekend.
Family said Mohammed al-Tayyeb had lived in the area for nearly three decades.
On Saturday afternoon, the 43-year-old was trying to cross the Trinity Railway Express tracks at 12600 of Calloway Cemetery Road on the Fort Worth-Arlington border, between the Centreport and Hurst/Bell stations.
Authorities said al-Tayyeb was struck by an oncoming TRE passenger train heading to Fort Worth.
Workers at a nearby trucking company, where al-Tayyeb was a manager, said they didn't hear any warning horn blasts from the oncoming train.
A close family friend and cousin told News 8 on Sunday afternoon that he doesn't believe the signals at the crossing worked properly — or if they did, there is far too much room for a car to become trapped between the gates.
"It just doesn't make sense," said Omar Garcia. "We just don't believe the guard came down properly."
TRE told News 8 on Sunday that the signals and gates were working properly on Saturday.
Fort Worth police are continuing an investigation to see if al-Tayyeb drove around the gates or was merely inside the area when the arms suddenly lowered.
Either way, Garcia said a mother and son are now on their own as they prepare for al-Tayyeb's funeral.
"It's heartbreaking," he said.