Man dies after being hit by train
A person died after being struck by a train passing through Fairfield Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Fairfield Police Department.
The incident occurred at 4:15 a.m. An employee of Burlington Northern – Santa Fe Railroad called 911 to report a train had hit someone on the railroad tracks in the Fairfield city limits. Emergency crews responded to the Ninth Street crossing.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of kin.
Fairfield Police Capt. David Thomas said authorities do not know why the man was on the railroad tracks. He said they are waiting for the blood test to determine if there were any foreign substances in his system at the time, and that that process could take three to six weeks.
Thomas said the employees on the train witnessed the incident and they are being interviewed about what they saw. He said the conductor pressed the emergency break but it takes trains so long to slow down that it wasn’t able to slow down soon enough to avoid hitting the man on the tracks. Thomas said the victim was not in a vehicle or on a bicycle and appeared to be on foot.
The Ledger will publish more information on this event as it becomes available.