Goat remains litter train tracks in Valencia County

Posted at: 01/03/2013 5:34 PM
Updated at: 01/03/2013 6:18 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The remains of over a half dozen goats have been lying near a Valencia County neighborhood for more than a day now after a small herd was hit by a train.

Neighbors don't know who owns the goats but they want the mess cleaned up because a lot of children live there.

Late Tuesday night, Mary Gonzalez knew something was up on the train tracks just feet from her property.

"The dogs were barking and I came out to check and saw the goats standing on the tracks," said Gonzalez.

Gonzalez called the sheriff's office to let them know.

But in the middle of the night, the half dozen or so goats wandered back on the tracks and were hit by a commercial freight train at full speed.

The remains are scattered over a wide area.

A neighbor who wished to be identified only as Alice is heartbroken.

"I understand they can't avoid hitting the animals but I feel the railroad should slow down in residential," Alice said.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 found out the stretch is considered rural, even though there are houses in the area.

The track is rated for speeds up to 79 miles per hour.

Even so, Alice has more concerns for the children who have a bus stop just feet from the remains.

She said in the past, animals hit by the train haven't been removed.

"In the areas around here they just lay there until they turn to grease and the stench is awful especially in the summertime," said Alice.

A spokesperson for the Rail Runner, which also runs trains on these tracks, is sending one of their contractors to pick up the remains.