Third Fatal Train Accident in San Diego County in Less Than a Week
A bicyclist was struck and killed by a train in Vista, CA Monday evening, marking the third fatal train accident in San Diego County in less than a week.
The incident occurred just after 8pm Monday near Santa Fe Avenue and Woodland Drive. According to witnesses, the bicyclist was traveling eastbound on Santa Fe Avenue, when he approached and then entered the intersection. As the 48-year-old victim crossed the train tracks, he was struck by a Sprinter train.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has reported that the crossing gates were down and the lights and bells had been activated for about 40 seconds when the bicyclist attempted to cross. The Sprinter also sounded its horn as it approached the intersection. The train operator applied the emergency brakes, but the train still struck the cyclist. He was transported to the hospital but was later pronounced dead.
As mentioned yesterday in our personal injury blog, two other people were struck by trains in San Diego County within the past week. On Thursday, a 22-year-old man was struck as he attempted to cross the tracks in Carlsbad. Then on Saturday, in what has been considered a suicide, a man was struck in Encinitas as he sat on the train tracks.
All three incidents appear to be unrelated, but their occurrence in such a short amount of time has our personal injury firm considering what additional safety and security measures could be taken to protect pedestrians and bicyclists from such tragedies in the future. To talk about any type of accidental injury or wrongful death and your rights, please feel free to call a San Diego personal injury lawyer at The McClellan Law Firm. We are here to protect the rights and interests of the injured.
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