(Fresno, California – September 1, 2012)
One of two male pedestrians waiting for the passage of one train at the double track crossing of Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Kern Street in Fresno, CA, walked directly into the path of a second train, hidden from view by the first train, in the opposite direction, resulting in his death at about 5:30 P.M. Saturday afternoon.
The first man crossed in time to avoid the train, but the second was not so fortunate. The crossing arms were still down after the passage of the northbound train, but the victim and his companion obviously thought they were still for the train that had just passed and never saw the southbound train.
The victim was not identified, but was said to be in his 40’s. An average of 25 trains pass over the crossing daily at top speeds of 50 mph.