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Police release additional details in deadly Ventura train crash

Ventura police are investigating a fatal train crash involving a pedestrian near Peking Street and Main Street Wednesday evening.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. Witnesses said it happened between the Ventura County Fairgrounds and the train trestle that goes over the riverbottom.

The train, a 790 Pacific Surfliner, was traveling southbound at the time of the collision.

The identity of the pedestrian has not been released. but Ventura police described the victim as a woman about 45 years old.

The train engineer told police that the train was moving at 50 mph when he saw the victim standing in the middle of the railroad tracks without making an attempt to move out of the way.

“The train horn was sounded and all emergency attempts were made to stop the train, but the train did not stop in time and struck the victim,” said the Ventura Police Department in a statement.

Police say there were some 85 passengers aboard the train at the time of the collision. The train was delayed at the scene for two hours while law enforcement conducted their investigation.

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