Trains provide an excellent form of transportation for many people. Whether traveling in a metro area or across the country, trains are considered safe, but train accidents can happen and cause severe injury or death when they do. For pedestrians crossing railroad tracks, caution should be taken to make sure it’s safe. Each year nearly 2,000 people are injured are killed in accidents involving trains.
Earlier this month, the Californian reported on a pedestrian who was killed on March 5th while trespassing on train tracks in Salinas. The victim was struck by an Amtrak train. The CHP said that the accident happened at approximately 2:15 p.m. in the area around Abbott Street and Harris Road. The CHP issued a statement saying that the victim was transported to Navidad but later died as a result of the injuries they received in the accident.
Olivia Irvin, public relations manager for Amtrak, confirmed in her statement that the victim had been struck by an Amtrak commuter after they had trespassed on the train lines in Salinas. The Amtrak Coast Starlight is a commuter train which has a daily run between Salinas and Los Angeles.
Irvin also said in a statement that there were no injuries to any of the 108 passengers who were on board the Amtrak train at the time of the accident. Irvin also advised that due to the high number of people injured on or around train tracks annually the public should be careful around them.