Man killed when hit by train in Leucadia

A man died when he was struck by a train in Leucadia on the afternoon of March 15, authorities said.

A preliminary investigation found that at about 2:45 p.m., a man stepped onto the train tracks in the area of Leucadia Boulevard and North Coast 101, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The man was then hit by an oncoming Amtrak traveling southbound at about 90 miles per hour, according to Sgt. Jason King of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

"The train went into emergency braking but the train struck the male," the Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Details about the man, including an approximate age, were not immediately known. Rail services in the area were closed as authorities investigated, King said.

Leucadia Boulevard between North Coast Highway 101 and North Vulcan Avenue was also closed in both directions, and drivers were instructed to choose alternate routes.

"Unfortunately, due to the speed of the train, our debris field is quite large," King said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Department's non-emergency line at 858-565-5200.

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