SAN ANTONIO – Two San Antonio-area families are grieving after their daughter and son died in separate accidents within hours of each other Wednesday, one hit by a concrete mixer, the other by a train.
The day began with a near head-on collision about 8 a.m. on the Interstate 10 access road, east of Foster Road, killing 17-year-old Chloe Shiverdecker, a senior at Randolph High School.
San Antonio police said for some reason, her SUV veered into the path of the mixer truck, which was going the opposite direction on the two-way road.
“It was almost a head-on collision, and unfortunately, the driver of the SUV died (at) the scene,” said Sgt. Jesse Salame, a San Antonio police spokesman.
Then at about 11:30 a.m., a 16-year-old junior at Judson High School was struck by a train as he was walking on the railroad tracks along Gibbs-Sprawl Road in east Bexar County.
The teenager’s identity hasn’t been released yet.
“We’re still trying to determine whether he saw the train, whether he heard it,” said James Keith, spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Keith said investigators were looking for the boy’s backpack, headphones, perhaps his cellphone, or any other possible distraction at the time.
Keith said it was “a strange situation” because there are two sets of railroad tracks. He said maybe the victim heard the train but was confused as to which track it was on.
“There’s a lot we still need to figure out,” Keith said.
Keith said they didn’t know why the student wasn’t in school at that time, or why he was walking on the tracks.
Keith said investigators also are looking at whether it was an accident or “God forbid, something that was intentional.” He also said the Sheriff’s Office is working with Union Pacific to look at the surveillance video on board the train to see what may have happened prior to the impact.”
“We’re committed to finding out what happened,” Keith said.
Not only are additional counselors being brought in at Judson High School, Steve Linscomb, Judson Independent School District spokesman, said the district has offered to do the same at the high school at neighboring Randolph Independent School District.
“We want to make sure that we have as much help as we can offer to students as well as staff that may have known the victims," he said.