Pedestrians hit by Coaster in Encinitas

Posted at 3:40 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-02 00:16:48-04

A commuter train struck a man and woman who lay down in front of it Friday on a stretch of tracks near Swami's Beach in an apparent attempt to commit simultaneous suicide, sheriff's officials reported.

The engineer of the Coaster locomotive saw the pair in his path near South Coast Highway 101 and K Street in Encinitas about 3:15 p.m. while heading south at roughly 50 mph, Deputy Amber Reeves said.

The driver activated his brakes and sounded his horn, but the couple did not move and were hit by the slowing train.

Medics took them to a hospital for treatment of injuries of undisclosed severity.

The case was being investigated as an attempted double suicide, Lt. Eddie Brock said.

The incident forced delays in rail service in the area into the late afternoon.

San Diego County Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255