Pedestrian hit and killed on Oceanside railroad track

Posted at 2:56 PM, Jul 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-22 20:29:00-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif., (KGTV) — A pedestrian died after being hit by a northbound Amtrak train under the Harbor Drive overpass.

According to Amtrak Public relations, the Pacific Surfliner train 769 was on its way from San Diego to Santa Barbara. But at 10:20 am, when it was passing through Camp Pendleton, it hit a trespasser. That person died on impact. All 515 passengers and crew members were not hurt. 

As a result, all train traffic was stopped in both directions for nearly two hours. Passengers on Train 769 remained inside while four law enforcement agencies conducted their investigation. Under the San Diego Sheriffs Department, Camp Pendleton Police, Oceanside Police, and Amtrak Police secured the scene for hours. 

10News met train enthusiast, Kevin Harper, looking down at the Harbor Drive overpass. He said he has come to this very location several times to look at trains pass through. But Sunday’s scene was tragic.

“I’ve seen accidents before, but nothing like this,” Harper said. 

The accident was a big reminder that his favorite hobby could become dangerous if you are not careful.

“Stop, look, listen. That’s all I can say, especially when you’re around train tracks like this,” Harper said. 

Authorities have not released the identity of the victim.