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Riverside Records Third Rail Fatality in 10 Days

(Riverside, California – October 12, 2011)

A man, whom police believed to be in his late 20’s, was struck, run over and killed by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train just east of the Adams Street/BNSF railroad crossing in Riverside, CA Wednesday about 6:30 P.M., becoming the third railroad-related fatality in the community in a week and a half.

Police said the victim was walking along the tracks when the westbound freight train hit him, with his body ending up beneath a tank car about a dozen cars behind the train’s locomotives.

“Again, you had someone trespassing on the railroad right-of-way,” commented Lena Kent, BNSF spokeswoman.

Investigators found a black ball cap and pieces of a smashed CD player, as well as a pair of glasses, near the point of impact. The tragedy followed the deaths of a 31-year-old man, whose BMW was hit at the Adams Street/BNSF crossing October 2, and Susan Dibene, 33, who was killed at the Mary Street/BNSF crossing after shove the stroller carrying her 2-year-old daughter out of harm’s way.