A 27-year-old Hooper man has died from injuries sustained when he was struck Wednesday night by a Union Pacific freight train, the Morgan County Sheriff's Department says.
Sheriff's Deputy Stephen Seim said the man, identified as Gary D. Hipwell, had been fishing from the railroad tracks shortly before the accident.Hipwell was dead on arrival at St. Benedict's Hospital in Washington Terrace.
Seim said Hipwell was standing on the tracks about 4 miles west of Morgan when the accident occurred at 8:04 p.m.
Seim said Hipwell was standing at a point where the tracks curve and apparently did not see the eastbound train approaching.
The engineer applied the brakes when he spotted the man but was unable to stop the train in time.