(Encinitas, California – April 23, 2019)
For the third time in little more than a week, a pedestrian was struck and killed on north San Diego County railroad tracks, this time by an Amtrak “Coaster” passenger train. The train was travelling on North County Transportation District track at 57 mph early Tuesday evening when the incident occurred. The tragedy occurred about 7:50 PM, PDT. It was not known at this time whether the position of the sun played a factor in this collision. Moreover, there was no road or pedestrian crossing, which would have possibly been guarded by lights and gates plus the sounding of the locomotive’s horn.
The male victim was not-yet unidentified by age, name or place of residence. The victim was hit by a southbound passenger train on tracks owned by San Diego’s NCTD Railroad tracks near where the tracks veer inland from the coast a few blocks near East “J” Street in Encinitas, CA.
The train was one of a daily average of 18 Amtrak, NTCD, Union Pacific and Pacific Sun Railroad (a property of the privately-owned WATCO Company), freight and passenger trains that travel on the Union Pacific rails at maximum speeds of 79 mph.