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Man killed in train vs. vehicle collision in Kingsburg

A man died after a train collided with his vehicle Wednesday evening in Kingsburg. Preliminary signs indicate the man tried to drive around crossing arms when the train struck him.
A man died after a train collided with his vehicle Wednesday evening in Kingsburg. Preliminary signs indicate the man tried to drive around crossing arms when the train struck him. The Fresno Bee

A man died after a train collided with his vehicle Wednesday evening in Kingsburg.

Sgt. Kevin Pendley of the Kingsburg Police Department said preliminary signs indicate the man tried to drive around crossing arms when the train struck him.

The victim was identified Thursday by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as Richard Ruiz, 65, of Kingsburg.

The collision between the Honda Civic and a Union Pacific train that was traveling southbound happened just before 5 p.m. near the intersection of Sierra and Simpson streets.

The train crew was unharmed, according to Union Pacific Corporate Relations spokesman Tim McMahan.

The crash was the second fatal train collision Wednesday and happened just a few miles apart.

Earlier Wednesday, a person died from a train collision at south of Front Street and Golden State Boulevard in Selma.

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