Pedestrian struck by Coaster, killed
A commuter train struck and killed a pedestrian Thursday as she trespassed on a stretch of rail in northern San Diego County.
The northbound Coaster locomotive hit the woman off the 600 block South Vulcan Avenue in Encinitas shortly after 8:30 a.m., sheriff’s Lt. Scott Ybarrondo said.
It was unclear if the fatality was an accident or a suicide.
The name of the woman, who died at the scene, was withheld pending notification of her family.
The Coaster passengers were taken off the train and escorted to Vulcan Avenue, said Sarah Benson, a spokeswoman for North County Transit District. They then walked to a nearby rail depot, where they boarded buses that took them to their destinations, she said.
The fatality, which occurred in an area where pedestrians are prohibited, resulted in commuter-train delays of five to 10 minutes for about two hours, according to Benson.
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