Teen Killed by Train at Fernald Point was Santa Barbara High Student

Pacific Surfliner (courtesy)

Update by the edhat staff
June 20, 2024

On Thursday the name was released of the teenage boy who was struck by a passing Amtrak Pacific Surfline train near Fernald Point in Montecito.

Ryan Bradley Chapman, 15, of Santa Barbara, according to Raquel Zick of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Chapman was struck by the train and pronounced dead on the scene around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

According to scanner traffic, a group of teenagers were walking along the tracks towards a nearby birthday party.

Chapman was a student at Santa Barbara High School, Zick said.

The high school will be opening a “compassion center” for students and their families from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Alumni Room.

Fatal Collision: Train vs Pedestrian at Fernald Point

Reported by JB86
June 19, 2024

At 1:41 pm Wednesday, 911 received a call of a person struck by a train in the vicinity of 1795 Fernald Point Lane.

Responding units found a young male, not responsive or breathing, though a nurse was on site giving CPR.

One reporting party stated the victim appeared to be about 15 years old, and his mother was on site.

Sheriff’s requested a Chaplin. Victim was reported by Sheriff as deceased at 1:53 p.m.


Written by JB86

"JB86" is a volunteer scanner reporter who posts information heard over the emergency scanner traffic.

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    • Only very high speed trains in certain conditions create a noticeable suction effect. Local trains don’t cause this effect. Mythbusters investigated this, air forced out of this size/speed of train’s path only blows outward, away from the train.

      • Just being too close to railroad tracks as a train rolls by sometimes creates a vacuum than can pull a person under the train. I wrote “sometimes creates a vacuum” in this sentence. Walking too close to any moving train can spell disaster. In this one horrible moment, no one in the group heard the sound of this oncoming train behind them. Hard to believe, but this happens to people all over the world, as they perish. It is a teaching moment!

    • the old sloan was to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN around
      RR tracks. SB seems to have more events than Ventura or

      or what is the data on OC and SD or LA – nationwide??????

      is “safety” taught in schools?

      and wondering why trains not have a modern version of a cow catcher.


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