Man killed on train tracks


A man walking on train tracks in West Sacramento was struck and killed by a San Jose-bound Amtrak train Sunday afternoon, reports the West Sacramento Police Department.

The accident occurred at about 1:50 p.m., about 300 yards east of Harbor Boulevard.

“The engineer saw the victim walking along the tracks and blew the train horn in an attempt to warn the pedestrian,” said Lieutenant Tod Sockman in a press release. “The conductor applied the brakes prior to the collision, but was unable to stop in time.”

The man — not yet identified — had been walking with his back to the oncoming train. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim appeared to be a white male in his 40s or 50s, said Sockman.

Amtrak dispatched another train to the accident scene, which took on the passengers from the original train and continued their journey.

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