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School and family release statements on deadly train wreck

Posted at 10:22 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 20:16:58-05

The 17-year-old killed in a train accident in Vail over the weekend has been identified as Nathan Hubble, according to a statement released by the family. 

Here is the full statement from Lisa Nowacki-Hubble and Paul Hubble:

The loss of our son, Nathan Hubble, has caused us pain which is indescribable and almost more than we can bear. We request that our family, our son’s friends, and the school community be left alone to grieve privately. We granted a media interview this morning to express our strong request that the Tucson community and media focus on the railroad’s responsibility and not on the tragedy of our son’s death.

The railroad is well aware of the hazards of leaving open access to the bridge. This is not the first time someone has been killed in this location. It continues to draw the attention of both young people and adults who frequent the area around the bridge, and who on occasion do not heed the warnings and are able to easily gain access to the bridge. This must NOT be allowed to continue.

We are issuing this plea to the railroad company, Pima County, and any supporting agencies - Please take responsibility and TAKE ACTION immediately to create a barrier which completely restricts and prevents access to the railroad bridge. Please do not allow another senseless loss of life or serious injury to occur.

We are grieving the loss of our son’s life and this is a private family matter. We ask that you please redirect all attention to the extreme hazards that remain due to the unsecured bridge access, and ensure that young people do not continue to be exposed to this kind of tragedy.

We appreciate the outpouring of support for our family by the school, our son’s friends and their families, and our community during this most difficult time.

Thank you,

Lisa Nowacki-Hubble and Paul Hubble


Tanque Verde High School released a statement about the death of Hubble. 

Here is the full statement:

 It is with deepest sorrow that the district and administration of Tanque Verde High School acknowledge the loss of one of our high school students in a tragic accident over the weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family and loved ones at this most difficult time. Our school community is also deeply concerned for the second student injured in the accident, a former student in our district.

Grief counseling support is available for students and staff at the high school today and will continue throughout the week. Students will be encouraged to seek adult help when needed and to utilize the grief counseling services available to them. Every effort will be made to support our students and staff members as they deal with the grief and loss resulting from this tragedy.
At this time, the school and district are refraining from releasing any personal information out of respect for the ages of both students, their families, and the school community. We respectfully request that any media contact be directed through the Community Liaison, whose information is provided with this statement.
The Tanque Verde High School campus and all district schools maintain closed campuses. Only visitors on school business are permitted on campus and on school grounds. All visitors must sign in at the school office. We appreciate cooperation in this matter.
Thank you.
KGUN9 reached out to Union Pacific and they released the following statement:
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Hubble family and the local community during this extremely difficult time.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the family. If you would like to donate you can click here.