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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.

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