Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Union Pacific Freight Train in Berkeley

The train is stopped and is currently blocking four streets including Virginia, Cedar, Camelia and Gilman. Amtrak is setting up a bus bridge to take passengers to the Richmond and Berkeley stations.

By Bay City News—

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Union Pacific freight train in Berkeley this morning, fire and railroad officials said.
The fire department received reports of a train hitting a pedestrian near the Berkeley and Albany border at 9:06 a.m., Berkeley fire Acting Deputy Chief Avery Webb said.

The victim, a man, had been walking south on the tracks and a southbound Union Pacific train heading from Roseville to Oakland struck him, Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said.

The train crew blew the train's horn and tried to stop, but freight trains typically take over a mile to stop and the train was not able to stop in time, Hunt said.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, Webb said. By the time the train came to a stop, it was blocking four streets -- Virginia, Cedar, Camelia and Gilman streets, Webb said.

Trains in the area have been stopped in both directions, Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said. Although the train involved in the collision was from Union Pacific, the tracks are shared with Amtrak passenger trains, Graham said.
Amtrak is setting up a bus bridge to take passengers between the Richmond and Berkeley stations, Graham said.
thorn March 18, 2014 at 01:14 AM
bad scene/ passed by around noon as they were finally moving the train, it was stopped for around four hours
Autumn Johnson March 18, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Coroner Identifies Man Struck by Train http://berkeley.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/coroner-identifies-man-struck-by-train


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