A southbound Amtrak train fatally struck a man in the area of Shields Avenue and Van Ness Boulevard in central Fresno on Friday evening.
Fresno police Lt. Mike Doyle said the accident occurred about 8 p.m. north of the intersection of Van Ness Boulevard and Shields Avenue as a southbound Amtrak train was heading for the station in downtown Fresno. The train’s engineer was the only witness, Doyle said.
The engineer told police the man was lying on the tracks. Police do not know if the man was coherent or if he was deliberately on the tracks.
The man has not been identified, but Doyle said officers found a Social Security card about a half mile from the scene.
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Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said Train No. 704, which was traveling from Sacramento to Bakersfield, was about three miles west of the station when it struck and killed the man. None of the 153 passengers on board or the crew were injured, Schulz said.
No other information on the crash was immediately available.
It is the second fatal accident involving an Amtrak train in Fresno in two months. In late December, Kristen Crozier, 22, was killed when she was struck by a southbound train while she was walking between the rails of the railroad tracks near North Santa Fe Avenue and North Figarden Drive in northwest Fresno. That accident occurred just before noon. Police said Crozier did not turn to look, even when the crew honked the horn several times.