82-Year-Old Scherz Man Killed in Train Accident
Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 26-Oct-2011
An 82-year-old Schertz man was killed in a train accident Monday, baffling officials regarding why he did not move out of harm’s way as the train approached, sounding its whistle.
Sherwood Kurzmann, known to his friends and loved ones as “Kurt,” was pronounced dead at the scene of the San Antonio train accident.
Family members speculate that the accident may have been caused by Kurzmann’s refusal to wear his hearing aids. According to relatives, he was both hard of hearing and suffered from dementia.
A spokesperson for Union Pacific reported that crew members on the train saw the Nissan Altima sitting on the tracks and sounded the train whistle and hit their brakes in an attempt to stop the locomotive and notify Kurzmann they were approaching.
Officials at the scene said the railroad crossing equipment, including the emergency lights and arms were working correctly at the time of the accident in San Antonio.
The train smashed into the Nissan, pushing it almost 75 feet.
A U.S. Army veteran and veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Kurzmann was remembered by friends as a social butterfly. He had recently renewed his driver’s license in 2007, passing the mandatory test required of Texans 79 and older, including a vision exam.