Norman Police Investigate Fatal Train Collision

Date of Press Release: 
Mon, 11/19/2018
Press Release By: 
Captain Brent Barbour

On November 17, 2018 at approximately 9:35 P.M. the Norman Police Department responded to a reported incident near the Duffy St. railroad crossing involving a train and a pedestrian. Upon their arrival officers, located a male subject whom witnesses stated had been struck by a northbound Amtrak train. Officers immediately provided medical attention until relieved by members of the Norman Fire Department and EMSSTAT. The subject was transported by EMSSTAT to Norman Regional Hospital where he later passed away from his injuries.

The subject struck by the train has been identified as Kurt Seifert, age 48 years of age from Norman, OK. 

Initial investigation into the incident indicates Mr. Seifert and other persons were walking eastbound on a sidewalk at the Duffy crossing as the train approached. Witnesses and scene evidence indicate the crossing signals and train warning devices were all activated when a group of people, including  Mr. Seifert continued to cross the tracks. Mr. Seifert was the only subject injured or struck by the train. A speed for the train is not available at this time. 

The Norman Police Department would like to remind all motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians to always use caution when crossing railroad tracks. The distance, speed and size of approaching trains are very difficult to accurately assess. For the protection of everyone involved all persons and vehicles are legally required to stop when the crossing signals are activated or an approaching train is clearly visible. We would also like to remind pedestrians that it is both unsafe and illegal to walk along the tracks or adjacent property or to cross at locations other than at marked crossings.