A 32-year-old Winton man died Saturday night after he was struck by flying debris from a mini-van that was hit by a train in Merced County, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Aaron Schindler was a passenger in a 1999 Dodge Caravan that became stuck on railroad tracks around 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Olive Avenue near Santa Fe Drive on the north edge of Winton, the Merced County Coroner's Office said.
Schindler and two other people in the van escaped before the collision, the CHP said.
However, the collision sent debris "flying through the air" that hit Schindler, causing fatal injuries. Schindler was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, the CHP said.
The CHP said how the vehicle became stuck on the tracks remained under investigation Monday.
The two passengers, Rebecca Schindler, 59, and Nita Rose, 35, both of Winton, were not injured.
Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been factors, the CHP said.