WT student dies after being hit by train near campus

The Randall County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a Monday night train collision in Canyon resulted in the death of a West Texas A&M University student.

Deputies were dispatched around 9:30 p.m. Monday to the scene of a fatal collision involving a pedestrian. Officials reported that WT student Joe Hoot was struck by a train near the campus on North 24th Street.

An autopsy was ordered and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

WT's Student Counseling Services Center is offering free, short-term, individual, or group services for students. School officials also said that the Texas Panhandle Centers would offer additional counselors on campus.

“The West Texas A&M University is saddened today by the death of Joseph Hoot, a senior biology major from Canyon. Joseph was a student employee for the Jack B. Kelley Student Center operations crew and as a summer residential adviser, and was a valuable member of the WT community. His untimely death is a great loss to the University, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time," the university said in a statement.

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