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Man killed by train in Santa Barbara identified as Citrus Heights resident


The Santa Barbara Police Department has identified the man killed in Wednesday’s fatal train collision as 44-year-old Jason Thomas Perea of Citrus Heights, California.

Police say Perea had “prior contacts with the Santa Barbara Police Department and has been living transient within the city for the last year.”

The cause and manner of death appears to be blunt force trauma from the impact.



A man was killed Wednesday evening in the area of Montecito and Bath Street after getting hit by an Amtrak passenger train coming into the Santa Barbara train station.

Santa Barbara police are on scene and reporting the victim is pinned under the train. The collision happened just before 6:30 p.m.

SBPD officers assisted with traffic control in the area as an investigation into the incident got underway.

Investigators say the unidentified victim, described as being in his 40s, was walking eastbound along the north curb line of Montecito Street, approaching the tracks. They say as the train approached the area, the man attempted to cross the tracks in front of the train.

Investigators also say that witnesses told police it appeared as though the man was attempting to beat the train across the intersection.

The area is known for transient camps and there are some reports that the victim may have been a transient.

No further details were immediately available.

We will update this story when new information becomes available.

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