Amtrak Death near La Conchita
updated: Oct 17, 2012, 12:15 PM
Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Community: Unincorporated West County - Man Struck and killed by Train Near La Conchita
Nature of Incident: Man Struck and killed by Train Near La Conchita
Report Number: 12-23271
Location: ½ mile north of La Conchita near the Santa Barbara County line
Date & Time: Oct. 16, 2012 @ 2:41 p.m.
Unit Responsible: VCSO Headquarters Patrol / Union Pacific Railroad Police / Amtrak / Ventura County
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) Unknown Unknown Unk
A man was struck and killed by a northbound passenger train Tuesday afternoon while he walked his
dog along the railroad tracks near La Conchita at the western edge of Ventura County.
The unidentified man tried to retrieve his dog from the tracks as the train approached, but he was not
able to get himself out of the way before being struck. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, but
the dog survived and returned to La Conchita on its own.
The engineer of the Amtrak Surfliner train initiated emergency procedures as soon as he saw the man
on the tracks. However, the train did not stop in time.
The investigation is ongoing, but witness statements and evidence at the scene indicate the collision
occurred as the result of a tragic accident.
The man's identity has not been released, and an autopsy is pending by the Ventura County Medical
Examiner's Office. Rail traffic was halted in the area for several hours while officials from various
agencies conducted the investigation.
|| A subscriber reports that the Amtrak train northbound to Goleta has hit a person on the tracks around
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