Train investigation

A Denton County Transit Authority A-train is stopped near Brinker Road after a fatal collision Monday evening. Authorities on Tuesday were still investigating the cause of the crash, which left a bicyclist dead.

Authorities were still investigating Tuesday the cause of the Denton County Transportation Authority A-train collision Monday evening that killed a 53-year-old bicyclist.

Officials identified Joseph Patrick Whelan of Corinth as the man who was killed after he was struck by a train in the 2300 block of Brinker Road.

He was pronounced dead at a Denton hospital Monday night. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office listed his cause of death as blunt force injuries due to the collision.

The Denton Police Department was still investigating the incident, and a spokeswoman said Tuesday evening that investigators had not determined a cause of the crash.

DCTA officials said the A-train was traveling at 40 mph at the time of the collision, applying its emergency brakes and blowing the horn. Crossing arms were down prior to the collision.

Denton police said they found Bluetooth headphones and a phone playing music near Whelan’s body. But a police spokeswoman said investigators are not certain whether they played a role in the collision.

According to DCTA spokeswoman Adrienne Hamilton, there were two passengers, a conductor and an engineer on the train and no injuries were reported among them. A bus bridge began a little after 8 p.m. to carry passengers between MedPark and the Downtown Denton Transit Center, and train service resumed at 9:40 p.m.

No other details were made available from either police or DCTA on Tuesday.

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