Train strikes and kills man in central Fresno

The Fresno BeeJanuary 23, 2014 

A 33-year-old man was struck and killed by a train in central Fresno shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, said Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez.

The incident happened along Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks at West Avenue, between Santa Fe and Emerson avenues.

As the train was approaching, the man, whose name has not been released, tried to cross the tracks but was hit by the train, which dragged him about 100 yards, Gomez said. When police arrived, they found the dead man approximately 25 yards east of West Avenue.

Investigators determined the man had been walking southbound on a sidewalk west of West Avenue before he tried to cross the tracks. As the train passed, cars were stopped at the crossing arms, which were down, along with red lights flashing, Gomez said.

West Avenue was closed between Santa Fe and Emerson for several hours as the accident was investigated, Gomez said.

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