Victim ID'd in second Southeast Fresno train crash in a week

A man died Friday in Southeast Fresno after being hit by a train. It was the second time in a week that a pedestrian was killed on the tracks in the area.
November 22, 2013 5:06:20 PM PST
A man died Friday in Southeast Fresno after being hit by a train. It was the second time in a week that a pedestrian was killed on the tracks in the area. The accident happened while a man was trying to cross the tracks at California and East.

People who work in the area say they are concerned about safety crossing arms at the site.

The trains are a constant sound and sight in this industrial area of Southeast Fresno. Friday morning, the intersection of California and East became a crime scene after a man was hit by a train marking the second death on the tracks in a week.

"It's too bad that somebody had to get hit again on this crossing. It seems like it happens quite happen," Steve Lion from Fresno said.

Lion works nearby and says many employees were surprised to see two deaths in one week, less than a mile from one another. The Fresno Police Department says the man in Friday's early morning crash wanted to get to the other side of the street, but never made it.

"The individual continued to walk eastbound across the tracks, didn't realize that there was a Northbound Amtrak train and was struck immediately," Sgt. Mike Smith with the Fresno Police Department said.

The man in Monday's fatal collision also died in the same way. Fresno police say in both cases, the crossing arms and warning signals were working. Nearby employees say they often see people trying to beat the train to work or in a hurry.

One of the concerns of workers is just how close pedestrians can get to those moving trains.

"People are constantly walking back and forth across the tracks. And so if they don't know there are trains coming, or it's coming too fast, they don't know that the crossing arms not down, because there is no crossing arm," Lion said.

Authorities say the signals are in compliance. But two deaths just days a part hasn't stopped some from questioning if more needs to be done.

"I just hope somebody else doesn't have to get hurt before they figure out a way to keep people off these tracks," Lion said.

The victim in Friday's train accident is identified as 55-year-old Willie Davis of Fresno. Police are trying to locate his next of kin. If you have any information you are asked to call Fresno Police.


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