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Humberto Moreno Killed by Train
updated: Jan 05, 2011, 2:41 PM

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The victim of the train accident that occurred near the Fairview Avenue Overpass in Goleta has been identified as 16 year old Humberto Moreno, a local high school student who resides in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara just outside the Goleta city limits. The incident is being classified as an accident. Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Investigators are still attempting to locate the other individuals that were seen on the tracks at the time of the incident. Their witness observations can assist in determining how the accident occurred. The victim was in the possession of an mp3 player and had headphones on. It is undetermined if the music player contributed to the accident. The family has requested no media contact.

This was first reported on Edhat here

Goleta- At 3:34 hours the Santa Barbara County Emergency Communications Center received a call from Union Pacific indicating that a pedestrian on the train tracks may have been hit by a passenger train in the area of the Fairview Avenue Overpass.

Emergency personnel responded to the area and located a deceased male in the brush alongside the tracks. The individual is a male estimated to be 16-20 years old. No identification was located on his person.

Santa Barbara Sheriff's Deputies spoke with the Conductor of the train which came to a stop about one-third of a mile west of the location of the impact. The Conductor stated she noticed a group of 3-4 males standing on the tracks making lewd gestures and preparing to throw rocks as she approached the area. As the train approached the subject jumped away and the Conductor noticed another individual, also on the tracks. The train struck the individual and it was confirmed that the body located by emergency personnel was the individual struck by the train.

No other persons were located in the area when emergency crews arrived. Sheriff's Investigators will be attempting to identify the deceased subject and notify his family.

All train traffic has returned to normal operations.

No other information is available at this time.

 COMMENT 133496 agree helpful negative off topic

2011-01-05 09:03 AM

One thing to point out - The train Conductor is the person in charge of the crew and freight. On passenger trains, the "freight" is the passengers. In the corporate world, he would be likened to a manager.

The train Engineer is the guy actually driving the train up at the front.

From the sound of the report, I'm guessing they spoke with the train's Engineer rather than its Conductor.


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