Lubbock doctor dies after being hit by train near Merkel, TTUHSC releases statement

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 6:04 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 12:34 PM CDT
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MERKEL, Texas (KCBD) - A Lubbock doctor died after being hit by a train near Merkel, Texas on Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., according to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. It happened between Merkel and Trent off of I-20.

The doctor, identified as Dr. Cy Daneshfar, of Lubbock, was in the area when his vehicle broke down. Deputies say they believe his death is accidental, but do not know why he walked up to the train tracks.

The incident happened about 1.5 miles west of Merkel, not at a train crossing.

Officials with Union Pacific say the train crew was not injured.

Dr. Daneshfar’s body has been sent for an autopsy, however, no foul play is suspected, according to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.

Dr. Daneshfar graduated from the Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine in 2018. He worked in Lubbock and specialized in Orthopedic Surgery.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center released a statement on Thursday evening:

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of TTUHSC resident Shahriar “Cy” Daneshfar. Our community mourns his loss.

We know this news is difficult to process and affects many members of our campus community. Any students, residents, faculty, and staff in need of support are encouraged to use university resources provided by the or (806) 743-1327.

During this time, please respect his family’s privacy and grief as well as those in our university family. In the days ahead, we hope his family and friends will find some comfort in knowing their loss is shared by our School of Medicine and university.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and the many members of the Red Raider family as we grieve his loss.

Dr. Cy Daneshfar of Lubbock
Dr. Cy Daneshfar of Lubbock(TTU Ortho Instagram)

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