Family wants answers after a San Antonio mother is killed on train tracks


SAN ANTONIO - A family wants answers after a 23-year-old San Antonio mother was killed on the train tracks.

Police say the woman was passed out on the tracks when she was struck and killed by an oncoming train early Sunday morning. The accident happened at I-35 and Walzem Road at about 5:38 a.m.

Family members have identified the victim as Sierra Barber. She was a mother of two and recently moved to San Antonio.

They believe Barber was possibly drugged and put on the tracks.

"I don't understand it. She was just going out to have a good time with a friend, or she thought she was and she ended up not coming home ever again," said Shelly Santos, the victim's aunt.

Barber was out celebrating at a local bar earlier that night. According to a Facebook post, her boyfriend was assaulted outside of the bar. He was transported to a local hospital. Barber was left behind.

The San Antonio Fire Department confirms that fire and EMT crews did respond to an apparent assault at Bar 23 at about 2:15 a.m. A person was transported to the hospital.

In a police report, it states that a Union Pacific train conductor spotted a woman on the tracks with her head in her lap. They blew their air horn and she did not move. They attempted to stop the train but were unsuccessful because of its weight.

The police report also states that the conductor saw a man walking across the crossing before he spotted the victim.

Police have not confirmed if that man was involved in Barber's death.

It's unclear how she got from the bar to the train tracks. The police and Union Pacific investigation remains ongoing.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses. If you'd like to donate, click here.

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