Update: (1:34 p.m.)

CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – West Texas A&M University released a statement in the wake of the Monday night death of student Joseph Hoot, and announced details on counseling outreach to other students.

“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.”

West Texas A&M University

WT said that its Student Counseling Services Center is offering free, short-term, individual, or group services for university students. Further, university officials noted that the Texas Panhandle Centers offered additional counselors for the campus on Tuesday.

Update: (Nov. 1, 6 a.m.)

CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The Randall County Sheriff’s Office released further information regarding a Monday night train collision in Canyon that resulted in the death of one person.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched after 9:30 p.m. on Monday to the scene of a fatal collision involving a pedestrian. Officials reported that Joe Hoot was struck by a train near North 24th Street.

An autopsy was ordered, according to officials, and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.


CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Randall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a train crash near north 24th street in Canyon that resulted in one death on Monday night.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the scene at around 9:50 p.m. Monday night on a call of a person being hit by the train.

Deputies reported that a body was found, however, they do not have any information on the identity.

The department said that the incident is currently being investigated.

This is a developing story. MyHighPlains.com will update this article as new information becomes available.

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