50 year old man struck and killed by Amtrak

check arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release

On December 27th at 12:30 PM the Ventura Police Command Center was notified by Amtrak dispatch regarding a pedestrian being struck by an Amtrak train on the railroad tracks near the railroad trestle east of California St. and Harbor Blvd.  Officers arrived on scene and found the victim lying adjacent to the railroad tracks.  Ventura Fire and AMR personnel also responded and immediately pronounced the victim deceased.    

According to the train engineer the northbound train was travelling at approximately 50 mph, when he saw the victim sitting on the railroad tracks in the middle of the trestle.  It appeared the victim attempted to get out of the way of the train, but could not get clear of the tracks in time.  All emergency attempts were made to stop the train, but the train did not stop in time and struck the victim. 

Ventura County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.  The name of the victim was not immediately determined.  Once the victim’s identity has been confirmed, the coroner’s office will notify the next of kin. 

The train, occupied by approximately 350 passengers, was delayed at the scene for two hours while the investigation was being completed.  Traffic on the southbound highway 101 was briefly shutdown while the investigation was being conducted.  All roadways are now open.      


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