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Pedestrian killed in Ventura train crash

A 50-year-old man was killed when he was struck by an Amtrak train at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday just east of California Street and Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.

When Ventura police arrived at the scene, they found the 50-year-old pedestrian lying adjacent to the railroad tracks. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

The train engineer told investigators that the train was traveling northbound at approximately 50 mph when he saw the pedestrian sitting on the railroad tracks in the middle of the trestle.

The engineer added that it looked like the man tried to get out of the way of the train but was not able to clear the tracks in time. The train’s brakes were also applied but the train could not stop in time to avoid the collision.

The identity of the deceased was not released pending the notification of next-of-kin.

The train carrying 350 passengers, was delayed for about two hours while the investigation was being completed. The southbound side of U.S. Highway 101 was also briefly shut down during the investigation.

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