Update to fatal train vs. pedestrian incident in Flagstaff last night

August 26th, 2018 at 12:58 AM

UPDATE from Flagstaff Police: 

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (August 26, 2018): The Flagstaff Police Department is investigating the death of Jason Wygle, 21 years of age, of Flagstaff AZ.

On August 25, 2018 at approximately 11:55 PM, Officers with the Flagstaff Police Department responded to the railroad tracks in the area of San Francisco Street and East Route 66 in reference to a collision between a pedestrian and a train. Officer learned that Jason Wygle, 21 Years of age, of Flagstaff, AZ crossed under the barriers and reached out for the passing westbound train to touch it. Mr. Wygle was then pulled under the train as it passed after he appeared to have touched the train.

Mr. Wygle was pronounced deceased on scene and transported to Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office.


(Delayed 1 hour) Flagstaff Police, Fire, and EMS all responded to multiple 911 calls regarding a young adult being struck by the train near San Francisco St and Route 66 around midnight Sunday morning. Officers saying victim does not have a pulse and is not breathing. Train is stopped at this time. Officers calling for victim witness team to respond due to several people distraught from seeing this incident. Witnesses saying the victim attempted to run across after the crossing gates were down. No further information has been provided.


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51 thoughts on “Update to fatal train vs. pedestrian incident in Flagstaff last night

  1. It’s very sad I don’t know what he was thinking but I don’t think it’s funny most people don’t know the suction A train has as its going by

  2. Jacob Goehl please DO NOT speak of something you do Not know about! Trust me, you do not want to go there! If you really want to change things, stand at the San Francisco or Beaver St. crossing and personally try and stop every poor decision that’s made! Anything short if that, you are just as ignorant as those poor decision. TRUST ME, I have personal experience that I hope and pray you will never ever have. Please stop your ranting about something you are not personally educated on. You are not going to share something with me about this subject that will ever hit closer to home than my own experiences. Stop while you’re ahead!

  3. You can’t educate ignorance or bubble wrap the world. Eventually, the individual has to take responsibility! Good and bad! That crossing has been there longer than this town. Quit thinking you can fix and make things 100% safe for stupid decisions. It wasn’t the crossing or the train that killed this young man, it was impatience. No matter what you try to do, you will not fix that. You have to fix the person, NOT the inadiment object or the train that can’t stop for a 1/4 of a mile. Wringing your hands and talking about it won’t change that fact!

  4. Dusty Simper Brinkworth
    There are probably a lot of options but I also know the most effective resolutions to issues like this come from a larger conversation. That’s all I’m advocating for at this point. I’m not an engineer but there are firms that specialize in solutions and I’m sure in 1-2 years the investment upfront will be actualized in savings to the City and BNSF

  5. Seriously, all the people in this “cool , chill Mountain Town,” want to act like the guy murdered somebody. It’s a college kid that made a poor judgement and I’m saying it happens all too often 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

    There’s really nothing debatable about it.

  6. Monica Garman Turn off caps lock. It’s an idea. I didn’t blame anyone. If you could cause less deaths it would save money for the City, County, BNSF and all of the businesses and tax payers whose lives get disrupted every time this happens. Only someone with a very low IQ would find anything offensive or even debatable in anything I’ve said here 🙄

  7. This isn’t the first time this has happened. As a military veteran and someone who has served as a federal investigator in the region for 6 years, I’ve witnessed it first hand many times. Even the brightest of folks with a few drinks in them screw up.

    I’m not saying the City is liable, I’m saying it should be a topic of discussion and potential innovation. Sometimes it’s not a bad idea to at least ponder how we can save people from themselves. We have a ton of establishments in that 6 block area with liquor licenses and thousands of college kids crossing back and forth at all hours of the weekend.

  8. The City needs to figure out something with that crossing. You can’t avoid all train incidents, but that particular crossing is statistically significant and a think there are a lot of folks who have a high BAC that end up crossing there. I don’t know the answer, if it’s signage or maybe a European style drop down gate prohibiting the ability for intoxicated folks to race the train.

  9. The bad decisions of others affect so many others bystanders, the conductor and engineers of the trains and the families that now have to cope with the poor decision of one.

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